More evidence today the church’s cardinals knew what they were going to get when they elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope, as a serious reformer. There is a report this morning, through Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega, that Bergoglio offered strong criticism of church leadership and direction before the cardinals elected him the new pontiff.
Analysis: If Pope Francis undertakes curial reform, the first question is not where might he begin, but how long does he have?
The bond Rabbi Abraham Skorka and then-Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio formed bridged the religions after some episodes of less-than-cordial relations in Argentina.
Commentary: Pope Francis has a solid foundation that could help him rebuild a church crumbling under clergy child abuse, disillusioned Catholics and a scandal-plagued bureaucracy.
Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse, the Vatican said Tuesday.
In the cases of then-Cardinal Bergolgio's involvement in the Dirty War and clergy sex abuse, the reporting has included liberal use of such terms as "cloudy" and "murky."
Commentary: Much of the scandals surrounding the Curia are management problems that can be dealt with using "best practices" of business and government.
NCR Today: The two men prayed, dined and conversed together in the papal summer home.
We say: For a community whose narrative is woven with symbols, those advanced by Pope Francis became more awe-inspiring as the days wore on.
Analysis: As Pope Francis basks in broad approval, some constituencies in the Catholic church are cautious or even angry at his election.