The Francis Effect - Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in the United States
New evidence shows that the pope can change Catholics’ minds about the culture war
By David Buckley
Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. this week, where he will be the first pontiff to address a joint session of Congress. Since his election in 2013, Francis has attracted international headlines, been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and left commentators speculating about a possible “Francis Effect” on the American Catholic Church.
Francis has a gift for shaping headlines, and his remarks to Congress are sure to be front-page news.
But how are average Catholic voters actually responding to some of the pope’s most prominent public statements?
Read more of Prof. Buckley’s insights on the pope’s visit to the U.S.
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The Political Implications of Pope Francis’ Visit To The U.S. (WFPL, 9/23/2015)