Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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“It must be absolutely clear: the Pope is in danger”

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In Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution, journalist Marco Politi, who’s covered the Vatican for more than 40 years, analyzes the pressures faced by the pontiff in his efforts to reform the church, changes which Francis prays “will endure and not be like a light that suddenly goes out.” Besides challenges from conservative hardliners within the Roman Curia and push-back by a rebuked Mafia, Francis also faces the threat of terrorist attack. “The demon is busy … we are on the right road,” Francis is quoted as saying.

Asked later in an email exchange whether the pope had a reaction to the book, Politi said Francis sent him a thank-you note, and also told the French publisher, it is “a good book.”


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Christ: not just for Christians

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Tom Krattenmaker, author, USA Today columnist and Yale Divinity School communications director, discusses his latest  book, about  how non-believers can be inspired by Jesus.

His most recent USA Today column, below, offers advice on “Surviving a post-election Thanksgiving”:




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An election post-mortem

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From left: Mark Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life; Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter; Miriam Duignan, spokeswoman for; and Sr. Marge Clark, senior gov’t relations advocate with


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