Dick Morris: Francis A Pope of the People

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 05:28 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a humble man of the people who will concentrate on economic and social-justice issues in his new role as Pope Francis, political analyst and Newsmax contributor Dick Morris says.

“Bergoglio is someone who basically didn’t wear shoes to school and lived in poverty,’’ Morris told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

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“[His] focus is on helping the poor and food and water and nutrition and humanitarian stuff. This is truly a selection that has the potential to get us back to more of the Gospel and less of the Vatican.’’

Morris said he believes the selection of Bergoglio coming on the heels of the death of Argentinian President Hugo Chavez “has the potential for major change’’ throughout Latin America.

“The death of Chavez ends or threatens to end a nine-nation empire that he’s put together where essentially Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, the Dominican Republican, Nicaragua and El Salvador do his bidding, and Cuba,’’ he said.

“You combine that with the selection of this new pope who’s a wonderful, humble guy [and] who has played a very constructive role in Argentine politics.

He is very much a poor man’s pope … a pope of the people. He takes the buses and subway to work every day …

“He really poses a counterweight to the leftist nonsense that really is circulating broadly throughout Latin America.’’

Morris also believes the media will treat Francis fairly.

“They’re likely to fall in love with him. First of all he’s a very lovable character. He’s very, very humble and very down to earth,’’ he said.

“I want to stress that this pope’s thing I don’t think will be things like changing policies toward abortion or toward gays or toward any of that stuff. He’s not a John XXIII, a reformer. But he is someone who would change the emphasis of the Vatican from religious dogma to concern for the poor. It’ll be a much more Christian mission.’’

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