Monday, October 21, 2013

That '70s Pope

One of our Pope's public statements leaves James Kohn with the impression Francis your typical 70's priest.

In his August 2013 interview by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis said,

"I see the church as a field hospital after battle."
So we might envision a " '70s priest" as pope like the television version of M*A*S*H, only with Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce newly placed in command. And it's not only that each has a fondness for a Martini.

I submit fans of both the show and the pope, or either, or neither, could easily imagine Alan Alda delivering the words of Pope Francis.

I further note that Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936 and Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936.

There's even some physical resemblance, if not a Robin Williams/John Paul II resemblance.

IMDB's biography of Jackie Cooper includes that he,

"Claimed in his autobiography that, while directing some of the first season episodes of "M*A*S*H" (1972), the only two actors there who weren't a pain to work with were Larry Linville and Wayne Rogers."
If so, anyone who has found " '70s priests" tend to a pain to work with might count that a plus for casting Mr. Alda, again assuming Mr. Kohn's tentative pigeonholing turns out to be accurate.


  1. I would say there is truely no pigeonholing this Pontiff. He says great things, then says things that stike one as odd and in the line of the 60's and 70's. If any pigeonholing is going on its that hes a typical post-concilliar Jesuit. Unlike most 70's priests he confesses to believe in the Devil so there is a light at the end of the tunnel, its just a little blurry with a touch of gaudium et spes

  2. He can seem unconcerned with problems some of his informal statements might create for catechesis, which is an attitude consistent with my experience of '70s priests.