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The new Pope takes over and brings with him a new air of humility. Will the shift in the center of gravity, geographically speaking, bring on a shift in the church's positions? The troubled institution has many potential reforms ahead. Will they include gay rights, women's rights, social justice or the church's bureaucracy? That sex is only for procreation? Also, another Rep. Paul Ryan budget arrives. Is he trying to be the next Ronald Reagan? And cyber threats against the United States are on the rise. Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, proposes breaking up US banks. Joining us this week with the conservative view is Ross Douthat (New York Times columnist, author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics).

Banner image: Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, leads a a mass with cardinals at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican March 14, 2013 Photo Osservatore Romano/Reuters