The Papacy and the State of the Roman Catholic Church

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A conversation about the Roman Catholic Church with religious scholar, former Catholic priest, and National Book Award-winning memoirist James Carroll, HDS '97, HDS '99, and Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Journalist Christopher Lydon, host of the acclaimed Radio Open Source podcast, moderated the discussion, which explored the significance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's selection as pope, the potential challenges he faces as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, and the direction for the church in the years and decades to come.