Pope Francis in Time Magazine: Does It Matter?

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The short answer is, “Of course it matters.” Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. That’s a good thing. But it’s not as simple as that, so let’s break it down: The Good 1. Time is a fading relic of a dying media, but they still retain something of their former image, and [Read More...]

Francis on Proselytization

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Back in the silly season of summer, when new Pope Francis interviews were giving Catholics the vapors on a weekly basis, one thing that got a lot of knees a-jerkin’ was his comment about proselytization being “solemn nonsense.” I understood what he meant at the time, but, as I observed, aggressive proselytization in the Catholic [Read More...]

An Astonishing Picture

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This gives me chills: the first pope and the current pope. Pope Francis holds a casket with the pitiful remains of St. Peter. Almost the entire scope of the Church’s history captured in a single image. Astonishing, moving, powerful. What must have Francis been thinking at that moment? The remains [UPDATE: See comment below]: [Read more...]

Francis/Netanyahu Meeting Cancelled (Actually, It Was Never Even Planned)

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Last week, a report began circulating in the Israeli press that President Benjamin Netanyahu would be meeting with Pope Francis when Netanyahu traveled to Rome this week. The report set off a firestorm in Israel because of rumors that a visit by the pope to Holy Land was contingent upon the return of certain holy [Read More...]

Parsing Francis, Shepherd of a Lost Sheep UPDATED

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Another week, another Pope Francis interview to set the internet atwitter. I liked it better when a quiet little German scholar issued clear and carefully structured catechetical lessons instead of free-ranging, off-the-cuff interviews with a hostile press. But then, the church isn’t here to make me comfortable. In fact, she’s here for the opposite purpose.  [Read More...]

Lego: Habemus Papam Edition

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Here’s a closeup, but I want you to go to Shower of Roses to see the whole thing from various angles. Too cool. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is a Dangerous Modernist!

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Pope Benedict XVI wrote everything longhand, the way God intended. Now, word is leaking out that Pope Francis … I can’t even say it. I’ll let the report speak for me: In a fast-paced, globalized world in which billions send emails, share photos on smartphones and get their instant news online, the newly elected pope [Read More...]

Yeah, This is The Guy

Just a quick follow-up to my longer post. Just watch this. Look at his demeanor, body language, quick smile, and easy laughter. And buckle up: it’s gonna be an interesting ride. None of this is to say anything against Benedict. It’s just … different. From shyness to openness. We can embrace all of it.     [Read more...]


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