Writing in response to an op-ed carried in the New York Times, Brother Erik Lenhart, OFM Cap. on Boston College fame opines:
James Carroll asks for a recovery of Jesus’ Judaism. This has been a fundamental point for New Testament scholarship for the last several decades. Because all of our scriptural texts have contexts, the historical settings need to be part of textual interpretation.
It would be a mistake to read the message of Jesus separated from his time and culture. But does Mr. Carroll make the same mistake in setting Pope Francis so far apart from his contemporary Catholic officials?