There will be many commentators (both in the secular press and in church circles) who will be doing a lot of talking during the next few days. Many of them will seek to interpret the Pope’s words and actions in light of their own biases and convictions and will attempt to understand him in light of contemporary American political and social categories. Better that we try to hear him speaking in his own way. To that end, some preparatory context can be helpful.
Read this very insightful primer from a noted Catholic journalist: