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A Pope in the Jesuit Tradition

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, as pope comes as a surprise to most of us Jesuits. A surprise because we do not think of ourselves as moving up in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. We Jesuits see ourselves as working for the Holy Father, and we try our best to do what has been asked of us.

Usually, this has meant going to the frontiers—the frontiers of knowledge, of the geographic world, and of service, where the poor are marginalized a…