VATICAN CITY -- Catholics call St. Peter the rock on which the church is built. Now it's being rebuilt -- by a rock star. That, at least, is how Pope Francis is being treated.
a bird, it's a plane, it's … the pope?
other pope could make the cover of Rolling Stone?
It will take more than homespun and inclusive style to bring about real reform, but the pope's massive popularity helps when it comes to the tough issues, like the scandal over priest sex abuse, according to religious writer Father Thomas Reese.
"The most difficult thing there that the church still hasn’t grappled with is how to deal with the bishops that just aren’t on board, aren't reporting these crimes or aren't dismissing these priests from the ministry," Reese says. "These bishops have to be held accountable."
of Pope Francis' biggest challenges will be reforming the curia, the church
government. As one Vatican watcher put it, he's got to change it from being
like something out of the Middle Ages to a modern civil service.
Rolling Stone headlined its story, "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The first news of "Superpope" came on the Vatican's twitter feed.