Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Life Arts

James Carroll Profiles Pope Francis in the NEW YORKER

By       Message Thomas Farrell       (Page 1 of 7 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   7 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   News 1   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H3 12/17/13

Author 38575
Become a Fan
  (21 fans)
- Advertisement -

(Article changed on December 17, 2013 at 16:53)

Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) December 17, 2013: "Tis the season to publicize Pope Francis. Has any other pope ever received as much media coverage in the first nine months of his papacy as Pope Francis has?


Rush Limbaugh, who is not a Catholic, got in the spirit of publicizing Pope Francis by charging that he is advocating "pure Marxism" in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) -- in which he criticizes unfettered capitalism. Evidently, Limbaugh is not aware that a number of popes have criticized unfettered capitalism.

- Advertisement -


Then the editors of Time Magazine got in the spirit of the season by naming Pope Francis to be their Person of the Year. Yes, they judged that he had had a bigger impact, for better or worse, on our awareness than Edward Snowden had had by blowing the whistle about the NSA.


- Advertisement -

Not to be outdone by Time, the editors of the New Yorker have now gotten into the spirit of the season by publishing a lengthy and wide-ranging profile titled "Who Am I to Judge: A radical pope's first year" by James Carroll (born 1943). Carroll is a former Catholic priest, novelist, and author of numerous non-fiction books, including Practicing Catholic (2009) and Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History (2001). Carroll interviewed a number of key people in different countries for this profile.






- Advertisement -

Carroll is an interpreter with an agenda. In the intramural politics of the Roman Catholic Church, he is a liberal Catholic. So he is not fond of the kinds of positions favored by conservative Catholics. From his standpoint, it is important to figure out if the new pope is a liberal Catholic, or not. As we will see, he concludes that the new pope is not a liberal. However, according to Carroll, the new pope may be a radical, as the subtitle of his profile indicates.


Carroll likens Pope Francis (born 1936) to Pope John XXIII (born 1881; reigned 1958-1963), the pope who called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Both of these popes manifest a spirit of openness that Carroll admires. Carroll idolizes Pope John XXIII.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7


- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   News 1   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Was the Indian Jesuit Anthony de Mello Murdered in the U.S. 25 Years Ago? (BOOK REVIEW)

Who Was Walter Ong, and Why Is His Thought Important Today?

More Americans Should Live Heroic Lives of Virtue (Review Essay)

Martha Nussbaum on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Book Review)

Hillary Clinton Urges Us to Stand Up to Extremists in the U.S.

Matthew Fox's Critique of the Roman Catholic Church