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The Surprise of Francis

girlnextdoor Wrote: Mar 15, 2013 4:58 PM
Were there just not Christians in Western Europe for the thousand or so years when Roman Catholicism was basically the only form of Christianity in the West, then?

“Anyone who tells you they aren’t surprised is lying.”

That is what then Congressman Chris Cox told me on the KCET television set on election night 1994 when the GOP, led by Newt Gingrich, seized the House majority.

That was very early in my broadcast career, but in the 20 years since I don’t think I have seen so many people as surprised as by Wednesday’s announcement of the election of Pope Francis.

The election of Pope Francis will be discussed for, well, decades and even centuries.

I was able to talk on air with four individuals within two hours of...