Since Pope Francis was elected in March, he has challenged
the Roman Catholic establishment, using words like “obsessed” and
“narcissistic.” Instead of abortion, gay marriage and contraception, he’s
emphasized social justice and the plight of the poor. But he hasn’t changed a word of church
Is he a liberal poised to come out of a theological
closet—or a master of public relations, who can make hard teachings go down
already an immensely popular figure worldwide. Will he change the church in America—and why should non-Catholics care?
Francis comes from Argentina. He’s the
first non-European ever to preside over the Vatican. In just 7 months, he’s made a host of
controversial statements in interviews with reporters—and he’s become hugely
popular with Roman Catholics all over the world. We’ll hear a variety of opinions about his style, his doctrine—and his potential influence worldwide and here in America.
John Allen, Boston Globe (@JohnLAllenJr)
Robert Royal, Faith & Reason Institute
Frances Kissling, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy (@FrancesKissling)
John Carr, Georgetown University