THE END OF INNOCENCE--Not Everyone Is Celebrating Five Years of Pope Francis
By BARBIE LATZA NADEAU, 03.13.18, Daily Beast
On the fifth anniversary of his election, Pope Francis continues to be an inspiration to non-Catholics—and a source of confusion to his own flock.
ROME—It has been five years since white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney to herald the election of a pope like no other.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pontiff from the Americas and a maverick among the more stoic men of the church, set the tone for his reign with the two simple words he uttered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Buona sera,” or “good evening,” he said, quite simply, rather than greeting the gathered crowds with a theological tidbit of Godly wisdom. It seemed, at the time, endearing and innocuous.
But now, that refreshing innocence is turning into something else. Visibly weary and often irritable, the pope sometimes seems like . . .