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In November , reports appeared that Pope Francis had requested marriage rights for Catholic priests. The article spread widely once again in April The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod church council in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood — but is likely to drive divisions through the church by enraging conservative factions.

In reality, Pope Francis has not made any public statement calling for or requesting broad marriage rights for all Catholic priests. In December , the National Catholic Reporter reported comments made by the theologian Leonardo Boff, who claimed that Brazilian bishops, facing a severe shortage of priests, had requested that Pope Francis allow married, older men to be ordained as priests:. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. Pope Francis's views were called Marxist by Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives as a result of his critique of capitalism with absolute market autonomy.

But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don't feel offended … there is nothing in the exhortation that cannot be found in the social doctrine of the church. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel. Francis opposed the Marxist versions of liberation theology followed by the "'progressive' group of [Jesuit] theologians living out in base communities".

Historian Roberto Bosca at the Austral University in Buenos Aires says that Pope Francis supported liberation theology's preferential option for the poor, although "in a nonideological fashion". Montoneros claimed that they ascribed to liberation theology, and sought support from the Church. Bosca considers that Bergoglio's opposition to the liberation theology "wasn't opposition to liberation theology in itself or the option for the poor", but opposition to the possible official Catholic support to the Montoneros.

The Vatican's semiofficial newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said at the time that the liberation theology should not continue to be ignored. Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has been a vocal opponent of both the practice and legality of abortion. In May , Francis unexpectedly participated in Italy's pro-life march in Rome, asking its participants to protect human life "from the moment of conception". He maintained that human life should be respected all the way from conception to natural death.

At a September meeting with Catholic gynecologists, Francis condemned abortion saying that: Francis also thought, as a Cardinal, that the church should support those women who carry on with their pregnancy despite being single parents , rejecting the option to abort. He maintained that, in those cases, priests should not refuse to baptize those children. During the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy , Francis "grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion", a provision which he extended indefinitely in his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera issued on 20 November While Francis reiterated that the sin of abortion an act punishable with automatic excommunication is "a grave sin", he affirmed that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart.

Kate D'Annunzio, of Rachel's Vineyard , a pro-life group which ministers to women who have experienced abortions, said that Francis had clarified that priests have the ability to both forgive abortions and welcome women back into the church, stating; "The Church has had the ability to forgive these women, but many of these women had difficulty forgiving themselves. This outreach by the Pope is saying 'Don't isolate yourselves, come back to the church. Francis has often spoken about the importance of women in the Catholic Church. He considers that they have a special role in spreading the faith to their children and grandchildren.

He also considers that, although the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus were women, their significance was ignored because in Jewish law , only males are credible witnesses.

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Francis has addressed the subject of the ordination of women a number of times. The door is closed. On the other hand, Francis has been noncommittal about whether women should lead more in administration and pastoral activities. She mentioned that the Pontifical Biblical Commission had concluded in that there were no scriptural or theological problems with ordaining women, and cited the attitude of Jesus towards women and their leadership in the early church.

She also suggested that his rejection to the ordination of women may be at odds with his tolerance of gay priests , mentioned in the same interview. Francis has criticized the perceived hunger for power of some sectors of the curia, which come at the expense of a proper religious life. He thinks that gossip is a danger to the reputation of people, and that the presence of cliques within organizations is a threat to both the individual and the organization. Reynolds was accused of heresy and sacrilegious treatment of the consecrated host.

His public preaching contradicting church teaching was also referenced in the letter of excommunication. A letter sent by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart , to the priests of his diocese cited Reynolds's support for the ordination of women and "his public celebration of the Eucharist when he did not hold faculties to act publicly as a priest". Reynolds said that his support of same-sex marriage was also a factor, though not mentioned.

In the past, priests who committed abuses were removed by bishops, but bishops were rarely held accountable. This tribunal was created to prevent cover-ups of abuse cases; offenders would be dealt with by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 20 August , Pope Francis apologized in a 2, word letter after the release of a grand jury report confirming that over 1, children were sexually abused by "predator priests" in Pennsylvania for decades, often covered up by the Church.

We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. The Pope said the church was developing a "zero tolerance" policy on abuse which he called "crimes" and cover-ups. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke emphasized that the letter was not about incidents in a specific geographic area but relevant worldwide. While in Ireland on 26 August , the Pope also apologized for "abuses of power and conscience" committed by clergy in that country.

As a cardinal, Bergoglio's views regarding the celibacy of priests were recorded in the book On Heaven and Earth , a record of conversations conducted with Abraham Skorka , a Buenos Aires rabbi and rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary.

Reese , also a Jesuit, praised Bergoglio's use of conditional language. The initial reports that Francis considered that the use of methods intended for contraception with the purpose of preventing disease might be permissible [] [] were disputed by others who said he was "unwaveringly orthodox on matters of sexual morality". Francis encourages natural family planning such as avoiding sexual intercourse when the woman is fertile. As pope, Francis has repeatedly spoke about the need for the church to welcome and love all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Speaking about gay people in , he said that "the key is for the church to welcome, not exclude and show mercy, not condemnation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a beautiful way, saying On 2 October , Pope Francis spoke in favor of pastoral care for and including transgender Catholics in the church, stating priests should "accompany them spiritually" and that they should never be turned away, even if they have undergone gender transition and sex-reassignment operations.

Francis once held an audience with a Spanish transgender man, who had transitioned from female to male, and his wife. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say. Pope Francis opposes same-sex marriage , including the bill to introduce it in Argentina. Francis condemned persecution of religious minorities in Iraq including some Christian victims. He did not mention the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant specifically but is believed to have referred to it.

Francis mentioned children dying of hunger and thirst, kidnapped women, massacres, and violence of all kinds. In the opinion of Francis war and hatred cannot be carried out in the name of God. Francis thanked brave people bringing aid to those driven from their homes. He confidently expects an effective solution to stop those crimes and return the area to the rule of law [] [] and, in a break with Vatican tradition, supports the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq.

Mark in Alexandria and the Church of St. George in Tanta , killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens more, Pope Francis said "We pray for the victims of the attack carried out today, this morning, in Cairo, in a Coptic church. Pope Francis condemned the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Pope Francis said, "Sad news has reached us of the persecution of our Rohingya brothers and sisters, a religious minority. I would like to express my full closeness to them — and let all of us ask the Lord to save them, and to raise up men and women of good will to help them, who shall give them their full rights".

In , Pope Francis proposed the abolition of both capital punishment and life imprisonment in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law , suggesting that states should find another way to protect people from aggression, and includes deaths caused by police brutality and extrajudicial punishment. He cited the "traditional teaching of the church" that accepted the death penalty in cases when there are no other options to protect the people in line with the Catechism as adapted by John Paul II in , but considered that nowadays such cases may be minimal or even nonexistent.

He also stated that life imprisonment, recently removed from the Vatican penal code, was just a variation of the death penalty. In October , during the above-mentioned interview with Eugenio Scalfari, Francis said: Today, we have the ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians because they wear a cross or have a Bible, and before killing them they don't ask if they're Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholics or Orthodox. The blood is mixed. And that blood of martyrdom unites.

Today, dear brothers and sisters, we are living an 'ecumenism of blood'. This must encourage us to do what we are doing today: The Pope called for Catholics and Independent Catholics to "persevere in dialogue and to walk, pray and work together in a deeper spirit of conversion" and said there are "many areas in which Catholics and Old Catholics can collaborate in tackling the profound spiritual crisis affecting individuals and societies, especially in Europe. Bergoglio is recognized for his efforts "to further close the nearly 1,year estrangement with the Eastern Orthodox Churches ".

Bergoglio's positive relationship with the Eastern Orthodox Churches is reflected in the fact that Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople attended his installation. This was reported as the first such high-level meeting between the two churches since the Great Schism of This historic event appears to be the first time that the three Christian popes and the ecumenical patriarch have met together. Pope Francis also acknowledged the two churches shared beliefs in the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, Marian devotion, apostolic traditions, and the seven sacraments.

The Pope said, "we are able even now to make visible the communion uniting us. Peter the Apostle had preached. They also expressed an eagerness to celebrate Easter on a common date, as Catholics and Oriental Orthodox have separate days for Easter. The Pope also gave thanks for the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church and the steps they have taken "for the sake of coming to share fully in the Eucharistic banquet. In February , the Pope met with Coptic bishops at the Vatican to discuss the violence against and persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Gregory Venables , Anglican Bishop of Argentina and former Primate of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America , said that Cardinal Bergoglio had told him very clearly that the personal ordinariates established within the Catholic Church for groups of former Anglicans was "quite unnecessary" and that the Catholic Church needed Anglicans as Anglicans.

A spokesman for the ordinariates said the words were those of Venables, not the Pope. The Roman Pontiff said that they both shared the same concerns for social justice, peace and the promotion of Christian values, in matters like marriage. It was presented during Archbishop Beach's enthronement, which took place at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta , Georgia , on 9 October This event opened the th year [h] since the Reformation began with Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg in He celebrated an ecumenical liturgy together with the president of the Lutheran World Federation Bishop Dr.

Pope Francis expressed his shared desire with leaders of the Church of Sweden to achieve full communion, but said more ecumenical work needed to be done in order to work towards communion. The pope said that "Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, recognise that those in need have a special place in God's heart", as a result they often "meet at the same peripheries of society".

During his papal visit to the Philippines in , the Pope met with Chief Justice Reynato Puno , a United Methodist layman, along with nine other religious leaders and peace advocates to discuss humanitarian relief. Evangelical Christian leaders, including Argentine Luis Palau , welcomed the news of Bergoglio's election as Pope based on his relations with Evangelical Protestants , noting that Bergoglio's financial manager for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires was an Evangelical Christian whom Bergoglio refers to as a friend.

He knelt in front of nearly 6, people, and [the Protestant leaders there] laid hands and prayed. Other Evangelical Christian leaders agreed that Bergoglio's relationships in Argentina made him "situated to better understand Protestantism" than had his predecessor Pope Benedict, "who often referred to Protestantism as a 'sect' of Christianity".

In November , three top Mormon leaders attended the Vatican's "Humanum: Eyring , and L. Tom Perry , a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Catholic and Mormon leaders reaffirmed their shared beliefs in the centrality of marriage and families in society. Eyring, who was one of the 30 speakers chosen for the event. Bergoglio has written about his commitment to open and respectful interfaith dialogue as a way for all parties engaged in that dialogue to learn from one another.

Dialogue is born from an attitude of respect for the other person, from a conviction that the other person has something good to say. It assumes that there is room in the heart for the person's point of view, opinion, and proposal. Dialogue entails a cordial reception, not a prior condemnation. In order to dialogue it is necessary to know how to lower the defenses, open the doors of the house, and offer human warmth. Religious leaders in Buenos Aires have mentioned that Bergoglio promoted interfaith ceremonies at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral.

Shortly after his election, the pope called for more interreligious dialogue as a way of "building bridges" and establishing "true links of friendship between all people". On 24 May , Pope Francis arrived in Jordan , at the start of a tour of the Middle East, "aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity". In a survey, Francis was viewed favourably by almost two thirds of Jews, as well as majorities of Protestants and the irreligious; minorities of Buddhists and Muslims had favourable views of him.

Bergoglio has close ties to the Jewish community of Argentina , and attended Rosh Hashanah Jewish new year services in at a synagogue in Buenos Aires. He told the Jewish congregation during his visit that he went to the synagogue to examine his heart, "like a pilgrim, together with you, my elder brothers". Jewish community leaders around the world noted that his words and actions "showed solidarity with the Jewish community" in the aftermath of this attack. Singer noted that he was impressed with Bergoglio's modesty, remembering that "if everyone sat in chairs with handles [arms], he would sit in the one without.

Abraham Skorka , the rector of the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, and Bergoglio published their conversations on religious and philosophical subjects as Sobre el cielo y la tierra On Heaven and Earth. One of the pope's first official actions was writing a letter to Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni , the Chief Rabbi of Rome, inviting him to the papal installation and sharing his hope of collaboration between the Catholic and Jewish communities.

Francis had a warm relationship with Israeli President Shimon Peres , who visited the pope in April and invited him to Israel. Muslim leaders in Buenos Aires welcomed the news of Bergoglio's election as pope, noting that he "always showed himself as a friend of the Islamic community", and a person whose position is "pro-dialogue". According to them, Bergoglio immediately distanced himself from Benedict's language and said that statements which provoked outrage with Muslims would "serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last 20 years.

Bergoglio visited both a mosque and an Islamic school in Argentina; visits that the Director for the Diffusion of Islam, Sheik Mohsen Ali, called actions that strengthened the relationship between the Catholic and Islamic communities. Shortly after his election, in a meeting with ambassadors from the countries accredited with the Holy See, Pope Francis called for more interreligious dialogue—"particularly with Islam".

In the aftermath of the Normandy church attack , whereby two Islamic terrorists affiliated with ISIS murdered the year-old Catholic priest Jacques Hamel by slitting his throat, Bergoglio made public statements saying, "It's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true [ Vatican officials assured the press and Buddhist leaders that Pope Francis held the Dalai Lama "in very high regard", but was concerned that the meeting of the two spiritual leaders could jeopardize the Vatican's efforts to improve their relationship with China.

In January during the papal visit to Sri Lanka , Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a Buddhist temple in Colombo where he was shown sacred Buddhist relics that are normally only viewed once a year, and listened to singing and devotional music. Pope Francis attended the meeting, where he spoke in favor of Buddhists and Catholics working together to address social problems.

Speaking to journalists and media employees on 16 March , Pope Francis said he would bless everyone silently, "given that many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church, and others are not believers. They are our valued allies in the commitment to defending human dignity, in building a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in safeguarding and caring for creation.


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Some atheists hoped Francis would prove to be progressive on issues like poverty and social inequality, [] while others were more skeptical that he would be "interested in a partnership of equals". Francis said God "has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: Olson said Francis's words were fundamental Christian teaching dating back to the Apostle Paul [] and Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote, "Unfortunately for those who wish to paint Pope Francis as a lovable liberal, in fact, the Pope is simply affirming certain truths that any somewhat knowledgable Catholic will uphold.

In September , Francis wrote a letter to Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, saying non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published in his newspaper by Scalfari, who is not a Catholic, Francis wrote: Given the premise, and this is fundamental, that the mercy of God is limitless for those who turn to him with a sincere and contrite heart, the issue for the unbeliever lies in obeying his or her conscience.

Since , criticism against Francis has intensified, particularly by theological conservatives. Francis drew criticism in for appearing in his initial presentation on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica with retired Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels , as well as appointments he received from Francis. Danneels had previously recommended silence on sex-crimes committed by priests. In , his rehabilitation of Fr. Mauro Inzoli, who was defrocked in for sexually abusing minors, sparked controversy. In , Francis was criticized for supporting Chilean bishop Juan Barros , who was accused over covering up sex-crimes against minors.

Francis has apologized for child sex abuse. Despite this there have been widespread calls for stronger action against abusers rather than just words. For example Australian, Melbourne's 7 News television broadcasts combined Francis' declaration of shame at the "Catholic Church's failure to address decades of 'repugnant' sexual abuse by paedophile priests", with films of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 's speech and shots of protests.

On August 25, , days after Francis had issued an apology for abuses by clergy in the US []. He knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end. Francis' role in Argentina's most famous case of sexual abuse came under renewed scrutiny. In , Cardinal Bergoglio commissioned a private forensic legal study against a convicted pedophile priest that concluded he was innocent, that his victims were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial. The private report was sent to some Argentine court justices who were ruling the case on the appeals.

Despite the study, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction. Father Grassi, who considered Bergoglio to be a supporter, was restricted from exercing any public ministry. However, eighteen months after the final jugement, Grassi was not laicized. Francis called all the presidents of the world's conferences of Catholic bishops to Rome for a meeting on clergy sexual abuse in February , in the first such global summons by a pontiff.

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Following the new sexual abuse allegations, Francis' favorability dropped significantly in the United States. Critics suggested that Francis might be holding back out of ideological sympathy for Maduro and his left-wing allies, such as Evo Morales. On a theological level, controversy arose after the publication of the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia. Francis declined to answer—a move which British Cardinal Vincent Nichols characterized as "absolutely right," noting that "to enter into that field is actually to step back from the very thing he wants to help us understand, that we have to respond to people and help them in their journey to God and to do so is not simply to apply a law.

In July a group of conservative clergy, academics and laymen signed a document labeled as a " Filial Correction " of Pope Francis. Gregory the Great Pontifical Order that Liliane Ploumen, then Minister for Development received in June , during the visit of the Dutch Royals to the Holy Father, is part of the diplomatic praxis of the exchange of decorations among delegations during official visits between heads of state and government to the Vatican..

In August of , forty five Catholic scholars, and clergy signed an appeal to the cardinals of the Catholic Church, calling on them to advise Pope Francis to retract the recent revision made to the Catechism , [] on the grounds that its appearance of contradicting scripture and traditional teaching is causing scandal. It was said that to teach capital punishment is always and intrinsically evil would contradict Holy Scripture and what the Church has always taught for over two thousand years.

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The Church has always maintained that Scripture cannot teach moral error. This would cast much doubt on the reliability of Scripture and the Magisterium. Since , Francis has also been contrasted with US President Donald Trump , [] elected that year, with some conservative critics drawing comparisons between the two. This is not the gospel. Pope Francis played a key role in the talks toward restoring full diplomatic relations between the U. The restoration was jointly announced by U. After the meeting in Vatican City on 10 May , Castro said that he is considering returning to the Catholic Church.

I am not joking. According to a New York Times report, a Vatican spokesman said "Pope Francis obviously holds the Dalai Lama in very high regard, but he will not be meeting any of the Nobel [Peace] laureates. In May , his visit to the State of Israel , where he delivered 13 speeches, was heavily publicized. Several media outlets reported that Francis praised Abbas as "an angel of peace", though his actual words were the following: I thought about you: Abbas's visit was on the occasion of the canonization of two Palestinian nuns.

He urged peace during his time in the religiously diverse city, known as the "Jerusalem of Europe". There the three Christian leaders signed a joint declaration. Pope Francis visited Ireland in , in what was the first papal tour of the country since John Paul II's historic trip in The Order is currently under Vatican control until another Prince is appointed. On 24 May , Pope Francis met with U. Trump and the Pope discussed issues of mutual concern including how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria , Libya , and ISIS -controlled territory.

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Trump and Pope Francis also discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people. The Vatican's secretary of state , Pietro Parolin , raised the issue of climate change in the meeting and encouraged Trump to remain in the Paris Agreement. Popular mainstream media frequently portray Pope Francis either as a progressive papal reformer or with liberal , moderate values. His trip to Cuba is a prime example.

During this trip, American-based AP and British-based Reuters highlighted the religious aspect of the pope's journey while Prensa Latina, the official state media agency, depicted it as a diplomatic visit. American and British media were also more likely during this trip to show Francis interacting with regular Cubans compared to the official Cuban media, which showed Francis interacting with elites most often.

In December , both Time and The Advocate magazines named the Pontiff as their "Person of the Year" in praise and hopes of reforming the Roman Curia while hoping to change the Catholic Church's doctrine on various controversial issues. In addition, Esquire magazine named him as the "Best-dressed man" for for his simpler vestments often in tune with a modern simplistic design on sartorial fashion. Pope Francis presided over his first joint public wedding ceremony in a Nuptial Mass for 20 couples from the Archdiocese of Rome on 14 September , just a few weeks before the start of 5—19 October Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

To date, there are two biographical films about Pope Francis: He broke records after having gained over one million followers in under twelve hours of the account being up. On 8 January at a ceremony commemorating the Baptism of Jesus at the Sistine Chapel in which twenty-eight infants were to be baptized, Pope Francis reiterated support for mothers to breastfeed their children in public , even in sacred places.

In July Pope Francis reiterated the position of the Church that bread to be used in the eucharist for the transsubstantiation into the Body of Christ should not be glutenfree. Holy Father is another honorific often used for popes. The best-known title, that of "Pope", does not appear in the official list of titles, but is commonly used in the titles of documents, and appears, in abbreviated form, in their signatures as "PP.

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Pope Francis and homosexuality. Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. List of places and things named after Pope Francis. Sadly, very few times politicians and religious leaders have been bold enough to go to the extreme portrayed in the book to choose peace instead of war. Given the ever-existing conflict between science and religion, it was also rewarding to read about an amicable relationship between atheist scientists and a pope that produced results when both sides set aside their long-standing prejudices.

I was presently surprised that the author, in presenting the pope's rationale for the challenging decisions he makes - which gets him into trouble with conservative-minded believers - is not superficially presented but, it relies on previous popes' statements to argue for deep changes within the institution.

Finally, I found reassuring and full of hope the author's assertion that he believes that, despite the church's wounded credibility and its present course, it is the only institution in the world that is best set up to foster a love-thy-neighbor attitude as opposed to the more common destructive human egotism that prevails today.

I definitely recommend this book, both as a work of fiction and as an interesting discussion of today's present challenges for the church. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I enjoyed reading The Married Pope. It is a well written novel about the challenges of the Catholic Church and the modern world that keeps the reader engaged and wanting to read more about how the whole thing is going to end.

While it describes a rather unusual situation, a married Catholic professor being elected Pope, it discusses the issues with care and respect to Catholic teachings and traditions. The discussion of international politics and the relationship with the Vatican sounds credible although the end of the book may be a bit of a reach. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Sometimes believable, sometimes not, but all in all a fun read on what could possibly happen some day. The bool was heavy on religious politics.

One person found this helpful. I read it with awkward trepidation, because I know the author and I always feel I'm violating some rule of intimacy when I look beyond the book. And sure enough, it looked like I was being asked to believe in miracles at the get-go. I don't believe in miracles. If you do, you'll have less skepticism as you start. Although the trope of "the unlikely Pope" is now probably a genre, there is always enough action outside of Vatican City to keep this book a "faith-thriller" and there are no lapses of sincerity in plot or theme to undermine either side of that duo.

The Pope's arguments and there are many presented in the book never seem sufficient to me--but then they don't appear sufficient to the other characters either, and what we have after all is a brave and good man with a vocation vocation in the Ignatian or Quaker sense. As a novel of international crisis, this one has no shooting-Pope, no James Bond or Dirk Pitt or even Clive Cussler as character, not writer to show up in the end and save the day. Ricardo works this one out consistently with the character he initially develops, along the way building bridges between the sacred and the secular.

As for literary art, sometimes the prose reminds me of Cussler, but mercifully the book is well-paced and far more reasonably short than some of Cussler's competition. The novel is more of a discussion about politics, religion, science, and morality enmeshed in a mysterious setting. One thing to be said about this novel: While not as fast paced--except towards the end--it appears to be historically more accurate. The author takes the Catholic Church to task for sure, but he is extremely balanced in his assessment.