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?
The Washington Post's Michelle Boorstein has a nice profile of Rocco Palmo in today's Style section. It is remarkable what Rocco has accomplished, working on his own, in such a relatively short time and good for the Post for noticing it.
Those of us who are fans of Msgr Lorenzo Albacete are such because of commentaries like these two from Sussidiario. They demonstrate why he is the acknowledged chaplain of the Mystery Party here in the U.S. Church.
The first is on two pictures, the one of an emerging planet being born and the other of Pope Benedict's helicopter leaving the Vatican.
From this morning's Playbook: