It's time for some perspective on papal hype
Bill de Blasio, the frontrunner for New York City mayor and darling of the city's progressives, was a "youthful leftist," according to a lengthy report in today's New York Times.
What do Spain’s King Juan Carlos, Pope Francis, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have in common? And what does it tell us about the American invasion of Iraq?
The battle to remake the Church
Francis versus the Vatican.
He even rides the subway!
In this week's cover story, Damon Linker investigates how the man once known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio will change the future of Catholic Church. Since being elected Pope in March, Francis has heartened progressive Catholics with his focus on the poor and his toned-down rhetoric on social issues. What kinds of reform can we really expect from the new Pope—and what obstacles will he face in the Vatican bureacracy?
In tomorrow's New York Times, Rachel Donadio has a hilarious piece on the Vatican's 'Gay Lobby,' which Pope Francis acknowledged this week in conversation. It seems that the previous Pope sent a dossier (dossier? really? The Vatican is like MI6) to his successor mentioning this gay lobby, and Pope Francis is reported as saying that, yes, indeed, it exists.
Watch him talk about Argentina's controversial past
Since he became Pope Francis last week, questions have swirled about Jorge Bergoglio’s relationship with Argentina’s junta during the country’s "Dirty War," a period of military rule between 1976 and 1983.
Vatican officials breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when Pope Francis (“Just call me ‘Frank’”) surfaced in Buenos Aires nearly a month after disappearing during the first week of his papacy. The pope said he had spent the month hitch-hiking from Rome to his modest apartment in the Argentine capital in order to “pick up a few things” from his old life as a humble cardinal to his even humbler new life as the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics. He said he planned to take a bus back to Rome, and couldn’t say for sure when he’d arrive.
In a closed hearing, he disputed accusations of complicity with the junta
What did he know?