Martin Caparros knows the Argentine mind better than I do. At least, I hope he does. After all, he is an Argentine. I am not.
And yet, I fear he made an error in his New York Times column on the new pope. He suggests that, to the Argentine mind the election of an Argentine cardinal to the papacy means that: “… yes, God is Argentine.”
I beg to differ. In all humility I offer a slight correction.
To the Argentine mind, God cannot be Argentine. He is French.
Argentines are not celebrating the election of the new pope because he is Argentine. They are celebrating because he chose as his papal name: Francis.