Obama “hugely impressed” with Pope Francis

To me, the fact that he’s impressed isn’t as surprising as the fact that a reporter in the mainstream media brought up the subject in the first place—and this, during an interview about a looming financial catastrophe. From USA TODAY:  President Obama’s interview with the CNBC business news channel included high praise for Pope Francis. [Read More...]

How come Pope Francis doesn’t talk about deacons?

Good question. I got an e-mail today from a deacon friend on the West Coast: Hey, are you aware if Pope Francis has ever mentioned deacons in any way?  I haven’t seen anything with a mention of deacons and I’m curious about your thoughts here… A few people have written to me about that, usually [Read More...]

So, what did Pope Francis and the cardinals talk about on Day One?

CNS has the answer: Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Vatican downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near future. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters Oct. [Read More...]

For all you folks who speak Italian …

Eugenio Scalfari talks about his interview with what’s-his-name. In Italian. [Read more...]

“In some ways, Francis is the most ‘Jewish’ Pope we have ever encountered”

Some fascinating Jewish analysis of Pope Francis, via The Jewish Daily Forward:  It is not as if the Pope is changing Roman Catholic doctrine on such matters. It simply means that the Church is going to attempt to re-calibrate itself, and to find a sense of balance, moving away from positions that have only succeeded [Read More...]

“He. Is. Peter.”

Gerard Nadal captures something I’ve been thinking for a while, but puts it better than I could. Snip:  Are we only to submit to papal authority when the mood, or mode suits us? Do we place stylistic predilection over our duty to respect and obedience to legitimate episcopal and papal authority? Is our faith on [Read More...]

First reaction to Pope Francis interview: “Context, friends, context”—UPDATED

While people try to find their balance after this morning’s seismic jolt in La Repubblica, at least one observer, Fr. Z., offers something firm to grab onto: I think the Francis has a pretty good BS detector.  He’ll need it. Conscience… Your Holiness you wrote that in your letter to me. The conscience is autonomous, you [Read More...]

Bombshell #2: Pope gives another major interview

And Rocco Palmo has the first take-away: In the latest proof of his desire to reach out from behind the walls – and along the way, (again) remind the Establishment he inherited who’s Boss – today’s cover of Italy’s largest-circulation daily indeed blared a second major interview in 12 days with the Pope, this time [Read More...]

Timothy Radcliffe: Pope Francis points to a “new way of being Church”

The esteemed Dominican concludes his reflection on the Pope Francis interview with this note: Pope Francis says that “the structural and organizational reforms are secondary—that is, they come afterwards. The first reform must be the attitude.” Structural change to the government of the church is vital, but it must follow from a new way of being church, [Read More...]

“Encounter” to be theme of next World Communications Day

Not that surprising, since Pope Francis mentions that idea often (and he’s no slouch at Close Encounters of the Pope Kind, as shown above.) Details:  As Pope Francis continues to talk about the importance of authentic encounters, both with God and with other people, he has chosen the topic of bringing people together for his [Read More...]


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