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Letter #33, 2018: Ross Douthat on Pope Francis

(The thumbs up gesture of “ok” has characterized the style of Pope Francis in regard to the world’s faithful)


Inside the Vatican has just published a thoughtful, important interview with New York Times religion writer Ross Douthat (photo).

Here below is an introduction.

To read the entire interview, go to this link.

The year 2018 has been an eventful year for the Roman Catholic Church, not least because it marks the 5th anniversary of Francis’ election (March 13, 2013).

The occasion has given way to many articles, programs and books about Francis’ elevation and his impact on the Church — some laudatory, many mixed, and still others critical. Undoubtedly, the most talked-about book in the latter category is Ross Douthat’s To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (Simon and Schuster, cover left).

Douthat is an influential columnist for the New York Times, and, as a Catholic, has frequently written and spoken about his faith, particularly since Francis became Pope.

Because of the attention Douthat’s book has received, and the increasing importance of the topics it discusses, we asked one of our best-known contributors, William Doino, to read the book and interview Ross, then write a commentary for Inside the Vatican.

The result is “Ross Douthat and the Catholic Crisis — Part One,” which can be read below, and will be followed by Doino’s second, concluding segment, in the near future.

Like ITV’s other editors and contributors, Doino is not averse to respectfully, and even strongly, criticizing Pope Francis when there are legitimate grounds for doing so. A case in point is Doino’s highly critical piece, in our February issue, on Francis’ failures to deal with Chile’s terrible abuse scandals — which Francis, to his credit, has now done a complete about-face on, expressing his shame and remorse, and promising serious reform and consequences for those involved in any crimes or cover-ups.

At the same time, Doino has also been one of Francis’ most consistent defenders, whenever he believes the pontiff has been misrepresented, or unfairly and excessively criticized. Doino follows the same measured approach in his two-part essay, highlighting Douthat’s admirable strengths, but also taking exception with certain aspects of Douthat's critique of the reigning Vicar of Christ.

We publish Doino’s essay in hopes of enhancing the discussion about Francis’ admittedly complicated pontificate, and of Mr. Douthat’s equally provocative book.

—Dr. Robert Moynihan, Editor, Inside the Vatican magazine

P.S. Again, to read the entire interview, go to this link.

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