Book review: The Tweetable Pope

by Michael J. O’Loughlin


Everybody but the ultra conservative seems taken with today’s Pope. A friend jokingly said that she believes in the second coming now, and this time Jesus is wearing a beanie.

Perhaps the most famous line uttered by Francis is in reply to a reporter who asked him about gay priests. The Pope replied, “who am I to judge?” Wait. The Pope doesn’t judge? No wonder Ted Cruz called for the Vatican to fire him.

It’s not that Pope Francis is thoroughly modern in his thinking. Read, for example, about his view on the Devil. That’s about as old-fashioned as you can get.

It’s that his focus is different. He focuses less on creeds than compassion. And the pattern he upholds for us to follow is Jesus, with the Lord’s care about the marginalized. Society’s margins, says Francis, is the only place where “reality is understood.”

Author O’Loughlin finds the Pope to be a breath of fresh air. He writes that as a young Catholic who’s watched most of his friends and relatives drive away from their faith, he sees hope for the future in Francis.

The Tweetable Pope grants us a peek inside the head of Pope Francis by examining the way he uses the Twitter platform. From gossip to sports to immigration to war, all under the influence of Jesus, you’re invited to dig into these mini-sermons to learn, 140 characters at a time, what makes this man so beloved.

Harper One, © 2015, 248 pages

ISBN: 978-0-06-243499-9


  1. On the topic of the devil, you may like that Marvel Daredevil series that is on Netflix. Matt Murdock, the Daredevil, regularly sees a priest, and Matt asks the priest if he believes in the devil. The priest gives the standard academic treatment of the subject, then says why he still believes in the devil.

  2. Lee Harmon

    Thanks, James! Looks interesting. It’s good to be back posting…

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