Feminist scholars and others at an April 16 panel discussion spoke on Francis' attitude toward women. The consensus: Despite some positive developments in his papacy, Francis' issues with women continue to disappoint.
Francis at Five Years: Although Pope Francis remains popular, controversy about his pontificate is real, especially among inner-circle Catholics deeply invested in the church, said speakers at the April 3 event, sponsored by Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns.
NCR Today: Trying to change leadership, tepid on women's issues, Pope Francis sometimes looks like someone who feels he has gone as far as he can and is discouraged from continuing to push for change. The resistance is winning.
Pope's quotes: In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past five years, Pope Francis has given the church plenty of "food for thought" on many issues of great importance.
Francis at Five Years: Over the five years since his March 2013 election, as the first pope of the global south, Francis has left the world in little doubt where his church stands on key contemporary issues.
Pope Francis has had a profound impact on the work we do at Catholic University. It's entirely consonant with the thought of his predecessor. But like the second movement of a Mozart symphony, it's a different key and tempo from the first.
Francis at Five Years: Five years ago, we moved from one style of church to another. Gone were the images of finger-waving popes, stories of theological investigations, and the public scoldings and excommunications of people who dared to question the ongoing value of old ways.
Ross Douthat and Massimo Faggioli usually keep their debates about Pope Francis confined to cyberspace, but Jan. 31, they took their arguments person-to-person at Fordham University for a crowd of about 300.