I am privileged and blessed to have a conversation with the spiritual and the world leader Pope Francis who has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, concern for the poor, and commitment to interfaith dialogue. Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas. He is credited with having a humble, less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors. He maintains that the church should be more open and welcoming. He does not support unbridled capitalism, Marxism, or Marxist versions of liberation theology. Pope Francis maintains the traditional views of the church regarding abortion, euthanasia, contraception, homosexuality, ordination of women, and priestly celibacy. He opposes consumerism, irresponsible development, and supports taking action on climate change.
- Recently your views on contraception, which you mentioned in your interview with Carlo Marroni became a huge controversy. How will you respond to it further?
- In your book, On Heaven and Earth you mentioned;
“Dialogue is born from an attitude of respect for the other person, from a conviction that the other person has something good to say. It assumes that there is room in the heart for the person’s point of view, opinion, and proposal. Dialogue entails a cordial reception, not a prior condemnation. In order to dialogue it is necessary to know how to lower the defences, open the doors of the house, and offer human warmth.”
Is your opinion with interfaith dialogue too the same?
- Holy Father, your opinions about the non-believers goes against the fundamental Christian teachings. How will you justify your arguments?
- What are your responses regarding the significance of the women being denied in the Roman Catholic Church and also in the Holy Bible? How will you address the subject of the ordination of women?
- Your environmental concerns captured huge public attention. Being in such esteemed position, what are the measures taken from your part to protect environment?
- You said, “Extreme poverty and unjust economic structures that cause great inequalities are violations of human rights,” When you stood for the eradication of poverty from the world, you were also severely criticised on your views against Marxism. How will you respond to this?
- How will you be able to go against the act of abortion when in case it proves to be a threat to the mother’s life?
- You showed the courage to restate the Church’s principle, that homosexual practice is intrinsically immoral, but that every homosexual person should be treated with respect and love. You also took a strong stand against same-sex marriage, including the 2010 bill to introduce it in Argentina. How valid are your opinions about homosexuality, considering the present scenario of the world?
- When you propose the abolition of both capital punishment and life imprisonment, what are the other possibilities that you put forward to punish the culprits?
- How would you view the world (in political, social, economic, cultural, religious aspects) here after fifty years?