Just a note, as I seem to be posting this a lot.
1. The person I read, in English, about the Pope, is John Allen at the New Catholic Reporter. In general, the NCR is my first stop when trying to figure out what modern Catholics with whom I generally agree are thinking. Well, my first stop, other than the Theology department across the campus.
2. I started writing a blog post about Francis’ comments on homosexuality, then realized it had legs, so pitched it to the global editor at The Atlantic. You can read the essay here.
3. When the whole transcript comes out, I’ll be interested to read it in Italian, focusing especially on his comments on women. Is it possible that he is no radical, but rather a kinder face of conservative Catholicism? Possible, but I think not.