When I was in Rome recently and chatting with new friends I met through Catholic Church Reform International, I made the comment that I would not like to play chess with Papa Francesco as the other player. Seems like someone else sees the same thing in him, that he maneuvers like a clever chess player…….Reyanna
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By Fr. William Grimm, November 18, 2014, UCANews.com
When I was a boy, a European Jesuit priest temporarily staying at our parish befriended the altar servers. As he explained to my parents, “The boys will correct my English; you adults are too polite.” It was a bit of wisdom that I verified when my own time came to learn a new language.
Only after he returned to his homeland did I learn that Father was a world-famous mathematician. For us altar servers, he was more important than that. He let us lose. We were at that age when children begin to suspect that the reason they win games with adults is that the adults are losing intentionally. The Jesuit did not condescend to us. He respected us enough to beat us.
One of our after-school activities was to go to the church basement, where Father would have six or so chessboards lined up for us. We kids would then try to stay on the board for more than a few minutes. A Jesuit at the chessboard can be a formidable opponent. (To continue reading, click here.)