Americans, missing in the Vatican

americanBy now, two things seem clear about Pope Francis’ attitudes towards Americans: He doesn’t exude the overt ambivalence or suspiciousness about us that some Latin American prelates do, but neither does he seem to feel any special fondness or closeness to Americans. To put it bluntly, it’s not that he doesn’t like us – we’re just not what he’s thinking about when he gets out of bed in the morning.