The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

Posted August 26, 2017 7:41 pm by Patrick Malone

The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

The Young Pope, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is premised on what is apparently a radical idea: that popes might experience spiritual growth even during their pontificate. Unsettling Catholics expecting a pope with more certainty in his spiritual life and baffling secular critics who don’t know how to recognize or discuss a spiritual journey, The Young Pope simply takes a story of a man who does not know if he believes in God, makes that man the Pope, and depicts his growth.
Private Person, Papal Office
That man, Lenny Belardo, now Pope Pius XIII, is mostly defined by his profoundly ironic

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