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Commentary: The pope's edgy remarks to reporters, warning about "ideology" infecting theology and saying schism could happen, indicate that the drumbeat of criticism is angering and preoccupying him.
Comparing the task facing the church to the Herculean labor of cleaning the Augean stables, Collins said she believes significant change can occur only with continuous pressure "by lay people who love the church."
Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Approaches to the environment from Franzen and Francis; Buttigieg talks like a business consultant; 'religion without God' in NYC.
Aboard his Sept. 4 flight from Rome to Mozambique, the pope was presented with a new book by French journalist Nicolas Senèze that details U.S. conservatives' efforts to influence his decision-making.