Mitchell Reports | March 15, 2013
>>> and pope francis has spent his second day on the job meeting with the cardinals who elected him. he was given the keys to the papal apartment which has been sealed since pope benedict stepped out. before checking into his new home, pope francis stopped by the front desk of his hotel,wn luggage, paying the bill. he made his mark by riding a bus. riding with the cardinals, showing that he would not get into that limo and he would still remain in many ways a pastor. joining me now, chester gillis , dean of georgetown college . thank you first, a jesuit institution. this is a very big deal having the first jesuit pope.
>> a very big moment for all jesuits . and they're prominent around the world . great educators. when you mentioned the pope paying his own bill and carrying his luggage, someone should tell him he is a pope. but he will be a different kind of pope. that is a very refreshing sign. he does not see this as a sign of dominance. he sees it as a sign of service.
>> you're surrounded by students every day. you're a teacher. you know what young people rthing. here you have a pope who is very strong and conservative on social issues and he is 76 years old. how is that going to play with you in terms, to play with youth?
>> i think there is some concern among some youth when they see an organization which has a transition of power from an 85-year-old to a 76-year-old. that's probably, that may not be unique in the world but it is distinctive. on the other hand, they also see him as a spiritual leader. and whatever his age is, if he has deep biblical values, and he has a deep personal spirituality, and he has a sense of justice by himself, they love that. the social justice piece of this pope and his commitment to the poor plays extremely well with young people who are very optimistic and who are very altruistic in their own lives. whether they're religious or not, they can identify with that piece.
>> cardinal dolan was saying that this pope is very strict on those social issues. but that he would present a better face, a better package. that he would express it in a different way. is it all the packaging, even though the ideology is still the same strong denunciation of homosexuality? gay marriage, any aspects of contraception and abortion and the role of women ?
>> in some ways, can you say no with charm? the church resists certain things in culture. it doesn't take surveys, it doesn't say is this the trend. they aren't going to follow it. at the same time, this warm personality and his own deep humility does play well. people relate to that. they may not agree on policies. many will admire what he does but they will do what they're going to do in their personal lives. particularly with sexuality, we see this in surveys no, matter what the trend is, no matter who is leading it.
>> the significance of the first latin american pope. the first from the americas.
>> that's important. it internationalizes the church . that's good. the church is most prominent in latin america . almost 40% catholic there. it is the biggest catholic population in the world and it makes sense that someone would come from there. but he is not so radically different from anyone in rome or anywhere else. it is a single brand name for the church around the world . it is consistent no matter where you go on the theological side.
>> if you think he has the management skills and the toughness to perform there in rome that lab accused of a lot of corruption.
>> i hope he does. i think in the general congregation , there was a mandate for whoever took over, this had to happen. he had to know that when he took the job. it won't be easy but you can replace certain people and influence structures that way. particularly in key positions point there is a strong structure of bureaucracy in the vatican. if you put the right people in who will be change agents below you, you don't have to manage it and micromanage it yourself. you have to make sure that you do make changes at the top.
>> the fact that he is a jesuit , finally returning to that. jesuits are raised to believe they should not rise in the hierarchy.
>> they're taught not to ambition. and yet in this case, with someone with such talent. he's been identified by others to say okay. he willingly took the position. i think the jesuits are very proud of him and the jesuits are at an interesting place in the church . they're right on the edge of the church . and they're often critical of the church themselves, rightfully so, i think. they recognize that they're engaging the world and they want others to engage the world . they're not withdrawing from the world . they're contemplatives in action. the jesuits know how to engaining issues, social issues, they're very smart thinkers.
>> this is a proud moment for georgetown, at least in basketball as well.
>> that's also true. as soon as we beat syracuse, it will be even better.
>> congratulations and good luck against syracuse. thank you very much.