posted on Apr, 24 2013 @ 04:26 AM
MATHEWS: Well, let me get into it directly. Last conclave, you were almost elected Pope. Can this happen again?
BERGOGLIO: What? That I will almost be the Pope, again?
MATHEWS: No. Will you be the next Pope?
BERGOGLIO: Friend, I'm only jesting with you. I understand the question. I will not be the next Pope
MATHEWS: Why not?
BERGOGLIO: I chose not to. God has someone else in mind I'm certain.
MATHEWS: But you would take the job if it were offered.
BERGOGLIO: I think not.
MATHEWS: Why not.
BERGOGLIO: I believe I'm too embroiled in the secular fiasco. It is a spiritual job, and I'm a soldier. Look at the nature of power. In Europe first
and now in America , elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own
selfish need to increase their own personal power. I've been a keen observer of the effect this has on the people, especially the poor. They are very
good at creating poverty where there is no reason to explain it. My job is try to alleviate poverty and if that means to oppose the cause then I will
not be Pope.
MATHEWS: But you are worried you would be a spend thrift pope?
BERGOGLIO: Friend. Where did you go to school?
MATHEWS: La Salle College High School in Pennsylvania and.
BERGOGLIO: And after that?
MATHEWS: College of the Holy Cross.
BERGOGLIO: They told me you were Catholic. Once elected, the Pope is by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the
possibility of error. God would change any spend thrift politician into a responsible Pope. I'm just saying I'm not that man.