The Church of Pope Francis

The Church of Pope Francis

Editor in Chief Matt Malone, S.J., and fellow panelists Garry Wills and Michael Gerson discuss the direction of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis at the Aspen Ideas Festival. 

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Bill Mazzella
3 years 1 month ago
As good a panel discussion as one can get. Gerson, Wills and Malone were superb in assessing the man and the pope. Inspiring and educational. I have never seen Matt better.
ELEANOR LUNN
3 years 1 month ago
I was impressed with the thoughtful discussion. None of the panelists were trying to score points. They were all knowledgeable, didn't have an axe to grind. I really enjoyed listening. the moderator kept it real with her perceptive observations! Thanks
Bill Mazzella
3 years 1 month ago
Gerson pointed out how the pope did not act as a moralist but someone who first says we should show our care for the poor and others. Wills noted that Francis became pope because he was made a bishop, archbishop and cardinal by John Paul II. The pope did that because Francis was exiled by Jesuits and JPII hated Jesuits. Malone noted that Francis says it is okay to be spiritual and not religious. But not okay to be religious and not spiritual.
George Farahat
3 years 1 month ago
This was a great panel discussion. I particularly liked Gary Wills historical comments and the contrast made between two saints John XXIII and John Paul II: The first was a pastor and the second was a resolute leader.
Robert Helfman
3 years ago
An excellent presentation.
Charles McNamee
3 years 1 month ago
Nice job Gary, Mike and Matt. Thanks America for posting it.
Beth Cioffoletti
3 years ago
I watched and listened to the whole thing. It was the first time I've seen both Fr. Matt Malone and Garry Wills thinking and speaking impromptu. Excellent! Thank you for this, America magazine.

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