Rall believes that Pope Francis can only be understood through:
(1) The uniqueness of the Catholic Church and its approach to forgiveness
(2) Recent history of the Catholic Church, especially the rift between conservatives and liberals
(3) The 'dirty war' in Argentina
Rall takes the reader through a quick introduction to the Catholic Church, a short history of the Catholic Church since Vatican II, and Bishop Bergoglio's actions during and after the 'dirty war' in Argentina. The character of the pope was formed by many forces, and his character has developed as he reflected on his past mistakes.
Over all of this hangs the heavy hand of the ongoing scandal of sexual abuse by the clergy. Rall tries to place the pope's actions and words as the pope responds to this scandal in a context of the history and structure of the Catholic Church.
Overall, the graphical novel approach creates a short and compelling character of the pope and how he shapes and is shaped by history.
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