Pope Francis and the Post-Interview Analysis

Check out these articles analyzing Pope Francis’ recent interview with Jesuit periodicals and a couple of his recent statements over the past week:

Pope Francis: “I’ve Never Been a Right-Winger” by John Gehring: “The Francis Doctrine, if you will, is about building a more joyful, merciful, collegial church that opens doors instead of building up walls.”

In interview, Pope Francis sets a new direction for the church by E.J. Dionne: “Yes, there is now no doubt that Pope Francis is new, different, reformist and open. His papacy marks a clear if quiet break with the public emphasis of so many church leaders over the last two decades, particularly in the United States.”

The Pope Francis effect: 8 ways he’s changing the Catholic Church by Elizabeth Tenety: “So we know by now that Pope Francis is different. But is he changing more than just the tone of the church with his renegade style? Here are eight ways Catholics say he’s reshaping the church.”

Five things we learned about Pope Francis from his blockbuster interview By David Gibson: “Here are five broader insights that this wide-ranging interview revealed about Francis—and why they will be keys to reading his pontificate, and perhaps the future of Catholicism.”

A pope for the Catholic middle; countdown to the G-8 by John Allen: “Mostly these are people who regard Catholicism fundamentally as a force for good in the world and who long for moderate, accessible and inspirational leadership who can lift up the whole gamut of Catholic thought and life rather than a selective version of it tailored to advance a specific political or theological agenda.”

Pope: Love Of Money Gives Rise to Evils of Pride and Vanity by Zenit: “Instead of focusing on money,” the Pope concluded, “we should strive for justice, piety, faith and charity, as well as the gifts of patience and meekness which are the ways of the Lord.”

Pope Francis: Christians must pray for their leaders by Vatican Radio: “Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!”