You have said that the Francis-mania will not last long. Is there something in your public image that you don’t like?
I like being among the people. Together with those who suffer. Going to parishes. I don’t like the ideological interpretations, a certain ‘mythology of Pope Francis’. When it is said, for example, that he goes out of the Vatican at night to walk and to feed the homeless on Via Ottaviano. It has never crossed my mind. If I’m not wrong, Sigmund Freud said that in every idealization there is an aggression. Depicting the Pope to be a sort of superman, a type of star, seems offensive to me. The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone. A normal person.
On an almost entirely unrelated note (other than that I'd been meaning to post this bit and then ran into this other story before I had a chance to do so, here's another Francis quote that struck me this morning, dealing with the topic of confession:
Pope Francis urged the pastors to devote time to hearing confessions and to avoid being either very lax or very strict.This latter seems important for contextualizing what Francis has to say on other topics. He persistently calls for topics to be dealt with "pastorally", which for too much of the Church has come to mean "acting as if moral teachings don't exist", but that is a perversion of what "pastoral" means.
“It’s normal that different confessors have different styles, but these differences cannot be ones of substance, that is, involving healthy moral doctrine and mercy,” he said.
Neither the very lax nor the very strict priest witnesses to Christ, because “neither takes seriously the person in front of him,” he said. “The rigorist, in fact, nails the person to the law as understood in a cold and rigid way; the indulgent, on the other hand, only appears merciful, but does not take seriously the problems of that person’s conscience, minimising the sin.”