The intensity of the opposition to Francis' encouragement of open debate, especially about Church teachings and practices, raises a basic question at his two-year anniversary: Can his reform campaign outlast his papacy?

The intensity of the opposition to Francis' encouragement of open debate, especially about Church teachings and practices, raises a basic question at his two-year anniversary: Can his reform campaign outlast his papacy?

CRUX | David Gibson: #PopeFrancis has conservatives talking schism. Easier said than done.

CRUX | David Gibson: #PopeFrancis has conservatives talking schism. Easier said than done.

CRUX | David Gibson: US bishops: How can we get some of that Francis media mojo

CRUX | David Gibson: US bishops: How can we get some of that Francis media mojo

CRUX | John L Allen Jr: #PopeFrancis warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’

CRUX | John L Allen Jr: #PopeFrancis warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’

The question is not whether Pope Francis will lead the Church away from its traditional positions, but whether he’s modeling a different way of making the argument. PLUS: Maintaining Catholic identity on campuses

The question is not whether Pope Francis will lead the Church away from its traditional positions, but whether he’s modeling a different way of making the argument. PLUS: Maintaining Catholic identity on campuses

In his homily for a New Year’s Eve vespers service, Pope Francis set up a contrast between what he described as the liberation offered by Christ and the slavery imposed by sin.

In his homily for a New Year’s Eve vespers service, Pope Francis set up a contrast between what he described as the liberation offered by Christ and the slavery imposed by sin.

Distinctly Catholic: Part one of a three-part series discussing the theologies of the papacies of Pope Paul VI and Pope Francis, who is facing unprecedented opposition.

Distinctly Catholic: Part one of a three-part series discussing the theologies of the papacies of Pope Paul VI and Pope Francis, who is facing unprecedented opposition.

Pope Francis delivered his first allocution to the Roman Rota on Friday, at the start of the court’s judicial year. The Roman Rota is the Ch...

Pope Francis delivered his first allocution to the Roman Rota on Friday, at the start of the court’s judicial year. The Roman Rota is the Ch...

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