Journalist Ross Douthat- one of the sharpest religious thinkers we have in the Western world, and a Roman Catholic whom I trust to know whereof he speaks- has some interesting thoughts here on the promise and perils of Pope Francis I.
One of these days I'm going to get around to finishing my review of Douhat's book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, one of the most important and insightful works on contemporary Christianity I've ever read. If you see it, read it. If you don't, find it.
Douthat discusses his book here:
HT: Real Clear Politics