Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected As Pope Francis

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A surprising pick for Pope, Argentina's 76 year old Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was not among the front-runners, is now the Pope of the Catholic Church. His chosen name is Pope Francis. He is the first non-European pope since 741.

His biography via Wikipedia:

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ (born December 17, 1936) is the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church, elected on March 13, 2013 and taking the regnal name of Francis. Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

Early life

Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife. After studying at the seminary in Villa Devoto, he entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1958. Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel, and then taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada in Santa Fe, and the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, a seminary in San Miguel. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.

Impressed with his leadership skills, the Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminray in San Miguel where had had studied. He served in that capacity until 1986. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Germany and returned to his homeland to serve as confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

Bergoglio succeeded Cardinal Quarracino on February 28, 1998. He was concurrently named ordinary for Eastern Catholics in Argentina, who lacked their own prelate. Pope John Paul II summoned the newly named archbishop to the consistory of February 21, 2001 in Vatican City and elevated Bergoglio with the papal honors of a cardinal. He was named to the Cardinal-Priest of Saint Robert Bellarmino.


Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio greets President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, December, 2007.

As cardinal, Bergoglio was appointed to several administrative positions in the Roman Curia. He served on the Congregation of Clergy, Congregation of Divine Worship and Sacraments, Congregation of Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Congregation of Societies of Apostolic Life. Bergoglio became a member of the Commission on Latin American and the Family Council.

As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. A simple lifestyle has contributed to his reputation for humility. He lives in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop's residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation, and he reportedly cooks his own meals.

Upon the death of Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio, considered papabile himself, participated in the 2005 papal conclave as a cardinal elector, the conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. A widespread theory says that he was in a tight fight with Ratzinger until he himself adviced crying not to be voted. Earlier, he had participated in the funeral of Pope John Paul II and acted as a regent alongside the College of Cardinals, governing the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church during the interregnum sede vacante period. Cardinal Bergoglio remains eligible to participate in conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday on December 17, 2016.

During the 2005 Synod of Bishops, he was elected a member of the Post-Synodal council. Catholic journalist John L. Allen, Jr. reported that Bergoglio was a frontrunner in the 2005 Conclave. An unauthorized diary of uncertain authenticity released in September 2005 confirmed that Bergogolio was the runner-up and main challenger of Cardinal Ratzinger at that conclave. The purported diary of the anonymous cardinal claimed Bergoglio received 40 votes in the third ballot, but fell back to 26 at the fourth and decisive ballot.

On November 8, 2005, Bergoglio was elected President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for a three-year term (2005–2008) by a large majority of the Argentine bishops, which according to reports confirms his local leadership and the international prestige earned by his alleged performance in the conclave. He was reelected on November 11, 2008.


Liberation theology

Bergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career. He is thought to be close to Comunione e Liberazione, a conservative lay movement.
Abortion and euthanasia

Cardinal Bergoglio has invited his clergy and laity to oppose both abortion and euthanasia.


He has affirmed church teaching on homosexuality, though he teaches the importance of respecting individuals who are gay. He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage. In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God." He has also insisted that adoption by gays and lesbians is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church's tone was reminiscent of "medieval times and the Inquisition".

Church and AIDS

His doctrinal orthodoxy emphasizes Christ's mandate to love: he is well remembered for his 2001 visit to a hospice, in which he washed and kissed the feet of twelve AIDS patients.

Social justice

He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but somewho? observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies.

Relations with the Argentine government

On April 15, 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the junta in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests, whom he, as superior of the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976, had asked to leave their pastoral work following conflict within the Society over how to respond to the new military dictatorship, with some priests advocating a violent overthrow. Bergoglio's spokesman has flatly denied the allegations. No evidence was presented linking the cardinal to this crime.

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SilverIsKing's picture

Bergoglio is Italian for Bernanke.  Just add the beard.

Rahm's picture

Which one of his family members is a director at GS?

flacon's picture

The new pope looks so kind. I love him. Swoon! Oh look my toast shows the Argentina flag with a fish hat! Ebay here I come!

SilverIsKing's picture

Seriously, wasn't this the same guy who was Pope like 3 Popes ago?

McMolotov's picture

I see old Johnny Cash.

Au Member's picture

First jesuit pope, now we are properly fucked

jaap's picture

why Fransis the first when everyone knows he will be the last???

Texas Ginslinger's picture

We've seen the name John Paul...

I was hoping for George Ringo...


Maybe he's a Sinatra fan..

fuu's picture

Francis_sawyer oddly silent today.

francis_sawyer's picture

what's more odd is that you've never seen the two in the same room together... :-)

savagegoose's picture

there was a world outside europe in 720?

toys for tits's picture

According to Wikipedia, he's one of five children.

Is the new pope is just like the Francis on Malcolm in the Middle, who was sent away to military school?

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

They didn't announce ths after close on a friday so you know it doesn't matter.

Half_A_Billion_Hollow_Points's picture

Would anyone close by be so kind as to whether go to the vatican and burn the whole thing down?  Just burn it down beyond repair?  I would be duly grateful for the kindness.

toys for tits's picture

If you burned it down the IMF would just lend the billions needed to rebuild (bail it out).

giggler123's picture

What happened to Peter of Africa and the end of the world?

Joe Davola's picture

I was hoping for Pope Long Soup Line.

JeffB's picture

What is the point of "hoping" for what already is, at least metaphorically speaking.


DeadFred's picture

Sucks to have a perfectly good end-of-world scenario shot down like that. Pffft and it's gone!

Pseudo Anonym's picture

black peter wasnt enough w/ the jesuits, that's

What happened to Peter of Africa

PhilofOz's picture

Maybe someone then can fill me in on this statement about this new pope in a Philippine newspaper.....  "For example, the Argentine has hit out sharply at the International Monetary Fund and at modern market capitalism."

Anyone against the IMF and what they call "capitalism" now is a friend of mine. 

jimmytorpedo's picture

yeah, the world outside of europe was called Turkey

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

first openly jesuit pope... but still we are screwed.  

"My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola."

 John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States)

Shell Game's picture

Not that this Dictator had any other reason to be assasinated.  If true, hopefully the Jesuits are working hard on the current 'problem'...

Whoa Dammit's picture

The Gunpowder Plot (Guy Fawkes) is also known as The Jesuit Plot. 

Bruin4's picture

I was Jusuit schooled. They hit us . A lot, I am sure they still do VIVA "le Paddle" rest in peace Father Robert Sproule you heartless , albeit brilliant, sadist prick.  signed your loyal Beadle.

smlbizman's picture

im still looking in this pizza....i cant find this fucker....

I am on to you's picture

All i see,is Johnny Debt and The Shitcoins,and his bretherens, The Lemmings, a famos band from Sweeden,who forsteret Ali... Abba who, won the EUGrand prix with the famos Send me an Sos,or was it, Money Money Money ,we love the rich mens world?

Damn i am getting old,Thee Holyseer,finaly came to the continent of the Slaughtered,where they feed their exwifes(thatll be Bruno ex goalkeper from a famos Rio club) to the dogs,sorry for wandering,my spirit!

Charlie Waterfall!Master of the CPI,s.

Agstacker's picture

Are you claiming that he once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die?

tenpanhandle's picture

You are mistaking him for a pope named Sue.

prains's picture



it's all greek to me

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I see Cheech Marin in a knit Rastafari hat.

tenpanhandle's picture

So thats where all that smoke was coming from.

swmnguy's picture

No way.  That's Jerry Garcia.

NoDebt's picture

He's a double agent.  For whom, you ask?  Well just rearrange the letters in his name:

Google RBI

Surprise, bitchez!  Google beats out Goldman on this one!  Now you know why their stock price has been shooting to the moon lately- they got the Pope in their hip pocket!

"This guru told me that when I die I would experience perfect enlightenment.  So I got that goin' for me."  (Badly Quoted Bill Murray from Caddyshack)

Zap Powerz's picture

So they pick a pope from S. America.  Shocking.  Shocking I tell ya.

The Mormons, another well known religious cult is also trying to improve its image with the South Americans:

Bascially, Christianity is fading (thank God!....get it?) and so the major christian religions are going where there is fertile ground for conversion: South America. 

It looks like First Worlders are rejecting the religious bullshit these cults are peddling and so they have to go where the masses are uneducated and desperate.

I say fuck the catholics, the mormons and all other groups that use religion to steal money from their followers and oppress them through guilt.  Oh, and the ass pounding of young boys.  Fuck them for that too.

Jani's picture

So I was walking by St. Patricks Cathedral the other day, and I see little Johnny with his pants pulled down by his ankles squatting in the snow.

"What are you doing Johnny," I asked?

"Well," said Johnny in a trembling voice with a look of fear in his eyes "The sermon is almost over, and the Bishop likes to have a cold one after work."


JimBowie1958's picture

Zap, and Jani, do you still whore out your bitches to each other, or do you just stick to your own pets these days?

Fuck off, idiots.

TNTARG's picture

It looks like First Worlders are rejecting the religious bullshit these cults are peddling and so they have to go where the masses are uneducated and desperate.

So we'll be the "masses" "uneducated and desperate".

We, southamericans, "uneducated", "desperate".

I think you need to achieve better information. The ones who have been and are being brainwashed it's you people of the "Developed" World.

As for religion, (or most accurate, for politics & religion), the Vatican isn't very popular here as well, pal.

I'll tell you a secret: we're not uneducated. We're not desperate.

I'd said the election of this Pope isn't targeting Latin America or at least, not particulary.

Finally, I keep surprising myself  there's still people attached to this kind of medieval... things.

Cloud9.5's picture

At the end of the day when all hope is gone don't be surprised if you find your self turning to the old traditions.