At National Review, George Weigel gives his take on both the conclave and the man who emerged as pope from that conclave. I will only offer a prediction: Within about a year, Weigel and his neo-con cohort will be expressing "palpable unease" at the new pope's actions. You heard it hear first.
In this morning's Washington Post, Eugene Robinson discusses Pope Francis' involvement with the Argentine junta, the crimes of which were legion. Robinson quotes a human rights activist to the effect that then-Father Bergoglio did not rise to the occasion and confront the junta. He cites another book that makes a similar claim. Robinson finishes by asking Francis to atone.
The speculation in advance of the conclave betrayed a myopia that sometimes afflicts journalists, myself included. From the brief and fragmentary comments that came from the cardinals during their pre-conclave meetings, we all deduced that the cardinals were looking for a strong manager to reform the curia, and that they wanted someone who could carry on the New Evangelization with vigor and attractiveness, and that they wanted someone younger, and that…..We forgot the most important thing. They wanted a man of God.
JewishJournal.com reports on the welcome of Pope Francis coming from various Jewish groups.
Here is an article from Traces that includes some beautiful reflections by then-Cardinal Bergoglio in 2001, in which he talks about Don Luigi Guissani's book "The Religious Sense." (h/t to Santiago Ramos for sending it along.)
The hard core Trads are not happy. Check out some of these comments at the blog Traditio.
Here is the text of a beautiful sermon delivered by then-Cardinal Bergoglio. These are the words of a man of deep faith, accessible yet profound, and obviously quite capable of an abiding friendship. (h/t to Tim Hermann for sending it my way.)
In the days and weeks ahead, we will find out more about Pope Francis. We will find his writings, all of which will be translated into many languages very soon. We will listen to interviews with people who know him, who have worked with him. We will watch him as he begins to flesh out his own papacy. But, today, we should not rush past the amazing human aspect of yesterday’s events.
I see that several comments are concerned that I was speaking out of school in my morning post when I mentioned the fact of Mary Johnson's affairs. To be clear, these sexual affairs are the subject of her book as Chris Matthews explained to me. I was not passing on gossip here. I apologize for not making that clear.
Over at Huffington Post, Michael Novak interviews George Weigel about his new book. Well, perhaps interview is not the right word in this context as there is more fawning than questioning in the text. But, is it not ironic that Weigel denounces solipsism in an article that is almost a perfect example of the phenomenon?