'I was authoritarian as young man' says pope
Francis says his decision-making 'caused problems'19 September, 19:16
"I was appointed 'provincial' (country head) at the age of 36 - that was folly," the pope told Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica. "I was never a rightwinger...it was my authoritarian way of taking decisions that caused problems.
"We had to cope with difficult situations, and I took decisions in a brusque and personalised way", said Francis, who was in the past accused of not protecting two slum-working Jesuit priests held and tortured by Argentina's bloody military regime.
The accusations were dropped after Francis succeeded Benedict XVI in March.
A recent British biography of Francis claims his admission upon his election to being "a sinner" suggested he felt guilty about some of his conduct as head of the Argentinian Church.