I would like to draw your attention to a very interesting interview done by a Jesuit from Sweden in lieu of Pope Francis’ visit last week to Lund for an ecumenical celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This Jesuit felt an interview format would be a good way for the Swedish people, a highly secularized population, to be introduced to the pope. It was accomplished with the help of Fr. Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal (like our America magazine) in Rome. In it PF says some very interesting things about religions in general and ecumenical dialogue. You can access the interview here. By the way, his story about his meeting Lutherans in his life had an interesting detail. He said he went into a Lutheran church the first time for a co-worker’s wedding when he was 17 years old. The interesting thing about this is that he grew up in a very strict Catholic household. I have read that his parents would not allow anyone who was not Catholic to come into their home or anyone who was divorced, much less would they willingly allow their son to go into a Protestant church. This was Catholicism for the most part in Argentina in the 1950’s when he was a teenager. It was kind of like this where I grew up. I suspect that if his parents found out he had gone to a Protestant church, it made for a very chilly evening around the Bergoglio dinner table that evening!!
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