Josef Raoul Rodriguez, SJ, (a.k.a J-Rod) is an only child of Filipino parents. He was born in San Francisco, but grew up in New Jersey. At 18, he entered the Legionaries of Christ to pursue religious life, earning degrees in the liberal arts and philosophy, and gaining experience in Gregorian chant and choir directing, as well as in youth and school work in the South. After 10 years of Legionary life, followed by 2 years of lay life, J-Rod “switched companies” and entered the Society of Jesus in 2016. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Fordham University and is also taking a Composition class at Juilliard’s Evening Division. He describes himself as a philosopher/composer/gourmand.
Netflix provides an entertaining, yet flawed, imagined encounter between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict. Its ultimate message? Perhaps reconciliation of the differences between people is really possible.