Gregory Venables, Bishop of Argentina and Northern Argentina writes on Pope Francis

Posted by The_Elves

Many are asking me what Jorge Bergoglio is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written.

I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary.

He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate [creating by the Catholic Church to accommodate alienated Anglicans] was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans.

I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him.

From Christianity Today here from a Facebook Comment

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Posted March 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Bill Matz wrote:

Thank you Bp.Venables. I had a wonderful visit to BA in April 94, including an hour visit that Bp. Leake was kind enough to squeeze in. I was hoping to hear your assessment. I know the Italian-Argentine relatives of my friends in Santa Rosa must be ecstatic.

Happy that DioSJ associated with you.

March 14, 3:51 pm | [comment link]
2. Cennydd13 wrote:

And I’m happy that we did, too!

March 14, 5:03 pm | [comment link]
3. Fr. J. wrote:

Monsignors Newton and Steenson have responded to this anecdote.  Whatever Cardinal Bergoglio thought of the Ordinariate then, they are permanently established now by Apostolic Constitution.  They are irreversible.

March 16, 2:02 pm | [comment link]
4. Gregory wrote:

The reaction was far more significant than the original comment which incidentally was not written for publication. The conversation was in 2009 and did not imply that the Ordinariate was temporary or an error, merely that the speaker values the Anglican Church as it is.

March 16, 4:51 pm | [comment link]
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