U.S. Catholics hopeful, but wary, of new Pope Francis

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Pope Francis’ significance for the U.S. church is a mixed picture…

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“How much energy and time is this guy going to have? He looked to me frightened when he stood on the balcony, and he has reason to be. He has a church clamoring for reform and the institution around him is committed to the status quo. The church needs change to survive, and it seems incapable of doing anything to ensure its own survival.”

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