OK, that’s not a real job, but he is seeking to lead the global conversation.
He hasn’t announced his candidacy.
Indeed, the job he seeks doesn’t really exist.
But shrewdly, methodically and with a showman’s flair, the soft-spoken, 78-year-old Argentinian Jesuit priest named Jorge Mario Bergoglio — Pope Francis — showed Thursday that he is running to become president of the planet.
He did so in a congressional ceremony of secular civic pomp in a massive legislative building that, after all, harks back to ancient Rome.
As devout as he is, and as focused on the faith and practice of the Catholic Church, Francis is also campaigning to lead public, secular, political discourse worldwide. He is arguing that the two realms of faith and politics are one, and that the moral and spiritual teachings of faith should inform and guide political decisions for “our common home.”
This is not a new idea, but it seems again a timely one. Francis’ own church sorely needs the refreshing input of world opinion. Secular leaders, meanwhile, are reviled and government itself seems to have lost any sense of moral purpose.
With the rope-line skills of Bill Clinton and the stagecraft mastery of Ronald Reagan, Francis is selling himself and his message in Washington like the political master that he is. (Click to Article)