March 22, 2013. (Romereports.com) Perhaps the person who was surprised the most by the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was the Argentinian cardinal himself. The auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires, who lived with the Pope for the past ten years, explained how the election changed his original plans.
MSGR. EDUARDO GARCÍA Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) “His future plans were, once his resignation was accepted and his
successor named, to live at a home in Buenos Aires for elderly and sick
priests. He had already picked his room. He also would have lead a life
of prayer, as an adviser to many, of spirituality, of celebrating Mass
at the parishes. A normal life without governance.”
many years of working together on a daily basis, Msgr. Garcia says the
Pope's style is natural, and works well with his need to interact and be
close to people.
MSGR. EDUARDO GARCÍA Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) “No one calls in his name. When he was to give an interview, he was to
give the answer, he has to say something. No one else will do it for
him, 'You asked me for an interview, he cannot see you now.' He will
call you directly to tell you come tomorrow at this time. With this he
is very independent, in his desire for direct communication.”
During his years at the helm of the Church in Buenos Aires, his teachings and writings have established clear guidelines.
MSGR. EDUARDO GARCÍA Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) “There are three words that can define him, unity, truth and mercy. Those are the words.”
auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires said Pope Francis' unpredictability,
deep down, is natural, an extension of his faith, even though some
perceive it as odd.
MSGR. EDUARDO GARCIA Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) “These are his anomalies, they may seem like anomalies, but we've been
deforming life and what should be normal, now seems odd. It's to be
beside those who need us, or to go beyond pre established notions to
speak to one another, it may seem odd, but it's not.”
faithful in Buenos Aires, are happy to have a Pope from their land, they
are also a bit saddened to lose a bishop who was so close to them.