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Pope Francis has brought something controversial to the papacy—the prospect of change. In his new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, Gary Wills, New York Times best selling author of Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition and What Jesus Meant, takes on one of the most pressing questions in modern religion today: what does the future hold for the Catholic Church?

Gary Wills is a historian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He joins The Roundtable today to discuss the novel behavior of the current pope and his own opinions on the future of the papacy.

Catholic Diocese of Burlington

Catholics across the Northeast are eagerly anticipating the pontiff’s visit later this month. That includes Reverend Christopher Coyne, who was appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese Burlington, which serves the entire state of Vermont, last  December.  He is well versed in electronic communications with a constant presence on Facebook and Twitter, and hosts a regular podcast.  Coyne served as Secretary of Communications and Principal Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston from 2002 until 2005.  He is the incoming chair of the Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  As a result, he is the media coordinator for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., as he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

4/28/15 Panel

Apr 28, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Baltimore Violence; Nepal; SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage; Pope on Climate Change; Japan & US Cooperation.

9/15/14 Panel

Sep 15, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Islamic State Threat
Senate Control
Obama Legacy
"Living in Sin" Couples Married by Pope
Scotland

3/13/14 Panel

Mar 13, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Harlem Building Collapse
Radar Blip
Overtime
Pope - Year 2
Herbalife Probe

WAMC

Rev. Gary Dailey is director of the Office of Vocations for the Springfield Diocese. He travels frequently to the Vatican. He spoke with WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about Pope Francis

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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, whose papal name is Pope Francis, becomes the 266th pope in the history of the Catholic Church. He is the first pontiff from the Americas, and succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation last month, amid health concerns.

The New York State Catholic Conference represents New York’s bishops in matters of public policy. And Dennis Poust is its spokesman.

The selection of a new pope has electrified Catholics gathered in Rome and around the world.

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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope — first pontiff from the Americas. His papal name will be Francis.

It is an important day for the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are meeting in Rome to elect a new pope.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this afternoon with Rev. William Pomerleau.  He is pastor at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart in Springfield Massachusetts, an expert on church procedure and a correspondent  for Catholic Communications.

Update at 5 p.m., March 13: The new pope's name will be Francis — one that hasn't been used before.

Our original post, written before Pope Francis was chosen:

It's not required, but it's almost surely going to happen:

3/12/13 - Panel

Mar 12, 2013

  Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, David Guistina from WAMC News, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Our topics are: New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling blocks limits on sugary drinks; NY GOP State Senators now open to Minimum Wage hike; the conclave to elect a new pope is underway; the TSA says yes to small knives on planes.

Williams College

News this week that Pope Benedict will resign effective at the end of this month took the world by surprise, with observers quick to note that it had been 600 years since the last papal resignation. Almost as quickly, reporters began compiling lists of possible replacements. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with papal expert and historian Dr. Francis Oakley, President Emeritus of Williams College, about what led to this extraordinary moment in Vatican City and what might come next.

  Just days after the Pope announced his resignation; we will talk about the priesthood with Garry Wills. Bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic?, Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself.

But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?

His new book is Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop.

At a news conference Monday, Dolan quipped he was "still writing thank-you notes from when I was made a cardinal" last year.