COMMENTARY: Honest questions about the Argentine pope

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Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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(RNS) The Catholic hierarchy calls it "defamation'' to raise questions about Pope Francis' role in Argentina's "Dirty War.'' But as any penitent knows, a desire to move forward must be accompanied by candor about the past.

  • Jack Gordon

    Ehrich has found a home in the appropriate church, one that has all been gutted of Christianity over the years. His “honest questions” about the new pope are old hash cooked up years ago by enemies of the Catholic Church, pure and simple. His hints about ‘reforms’ are the kind of thing that has emptied the pews of his church and invited into its episcopal midst men like Gene Robinson of NH, notorious for his flouting of just about every one of the 10 Commandments. Fortunately, the Catholic Church is made of sterner stuff than Henry VIII’s concoction and will do none of the things Ehrich suggests here.