A Shared Devotion
Like most other people, I had no idea who Archbishop Bergoglio was. When he stepped out on the balcony to make himself known to the world as Pope Francis, there was scant little I could’ve told anyone about him. It was as if he was a man without a past. An air of mystery surrounded his initially disarming presence. For most Catholics, especially those uninvolved with the people and workings of the Church hierarchy, it seemed as if Bergoglio had come to the papacy as somewhat of a blank slate.
This is, of course, a rather silly idea. We know that