Pope Francis -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Pope Francis is probably the most compelling religious personage of our day. His style and attitudes, his commitment to social justice and embrace of simplicity have gained for him multitudes of admirers, including among Protestants of most stripes (not that group that still wants to see the Pope as the anti-Christ). He has his critics, especially among Catholic traditionalists who had welcomed the pontificate of Benedict. He's still taking traditional lines on things like women clergy and LGBT folks, though less hard line. In any case, we have found much to admire. Martin Marty takes a tour of the responses in this week's Sightings column.