Only one vision of the complex lives of two Vatican II saints

So, what was that remarkable “day of the four popes” all about anyway? Prepare to be shocked, shocked, at the framing of this amazing event. Here is the archetypal opening of the pre-event report in The Los Angeles Times: One helped revolutionize the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion [Read More...]

So divorced man says his new wife says the pope said ….

Well, there is no question that the buzz-worthy story of the day is the further adventures of the modern shepherd who is now being hailed as the Cold Call Pope. Trust me, it would be easy to jump into the doctrinal implications of this story, because the stakes for the church and the papacy are [Read More...]

The Atlantic slips — somehow — inside mind of Benedict XVI

During the annual pre-Easter season of snarky or mildly negative religion stories, I think that I received more personal emails about the Pope Benedict XVI vs. Pope Francis story in The Atlantic than any other item (even more than the Mrs. Jesus media blitz, if you can believe that). Quite a few readers wanted to [Read More...]

Did Pope Francis have to go to confession?

RACHAEL ASKS: Who does the pope go to if he has to go to confession or is he exempt because he’s the pope? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: The pope gets no pass because he’s the pope. Pope Francis, who has shown a flair for the dramatic his first year in office, demonstrated this in highly [Read More...]

Archbishop sells his fancy digs; NYTimes digs a bit deeper

What we have here is a very solid New York Times story about a somewhat controversial issue in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. Let me repeat that, for regular GetReligion readers who may have fainted. What we have here, under the headline “Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out,” is a very solid [Read More...]

When you wish upon a trend … it’s no longer news

Sometimes, anecdotes are a wellspring for indepth reporting. Other times, it just leads to wishful thinking. Here is what the Washington Post ran on March 27 as an attempt at background for the meeting of Pope Francis and President Obama: FLORENCE, Italy – The power of the Catholic Church in Italy has compelled thousands of [Read More...]

They didn’t even agree on what they disagreed on

Can you have a meeting of minds when you don’t agree on what you discussed — and neither do news media? President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time on Thursday, nearly all of it behind closed doors. And their post-meeting statements were so different, they were the focus of some media reports [Read More...]

Dominican posts handy guide to Pope Francis press myths

Every now and then a scribe at some other weblog (and we’re not just talking about once-and-always GetReligionistas such as M.Z. Hemingway) writes what amounts to a perfect GetReligion post. I mean, we may as well stick a guest byline on these things and put them right online here. This is not one of those [Read More...]


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