David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.

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Pope Bozo

The scourge of clown masses has led inevitably down that slippery slope to ... a clown pope. The Trads are right. All is lost. Never mind the image of Francis embracing the disfigured man that has gone viral and inspired so many. This is what we need to worry about...

Quote of the Day: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

"I have the impression that Jesus was locked inside the Church and that he is knocking because he wants to get out."

Bernardin redivivus?

Speaking of "Throwback Thursday," Pope Francis seems to be giving new life to a number of neglected aspects of recent church history -- off the top of my head I'd say that list includes Gaudium et Spes, Cardinal Martini, Evangelii Nuntiandi, and by extension Paul VI, as well as Oscar Romero, John XXIII (as if he needed it), the Holy Spirit (as if she needed it) and the list may go on.

A handy primer on Pope Francis

The Zenit news agency summarizes a La Repubblica interview (that secular daily is rocking the Vatican beat) with Archbishop Victor Fernandez, director of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and a theologian said to be "very close to the Holy Father." Many are trying to find a lens to communicate Francis to the world, and the church, and this seems as spot on as any effort I have seen:

"Catholic McCarthyism" and the CCHD

Conservative opposition to the bishops' signature anti-poverty initiative, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, has been denounced by bishops and defenders of the church's social justice mission for years. But a new report released today by the progressive lobby Faith in Public Life does a comprehensive job of tallying the efforts of rightwing groups to hamstring the CCHD's mission through what it calls a "Catholic McCarthyism" that relies on guilt by association.

One Vatican, two Popes...

Not awkward.

Paul Ryan is cool with gay adoption

The Wisconsin congressman with national ambitions has apparently evolved, and I don't think that bodes well for the hierarchy's efforts on these issues. From Roll Call:

George Beverly Shea, RIP

The hallmark voice of the Billy Graham crusades has passed at 104, after an amazingly full life. His rendition of "How Great Thou Art" is a madeleine of my evangelical youth. My first visit to Madison Square Garden (after the circus) was to a Billy Graham rally, featuring Bev Shea, Cliff Barrows, Ethel Waters and the rest.