Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Mission of the Pope”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on September 6, 1978, uploaded to YouTube on March 2, 2015.

Guest: Malachi Martin


The new pope being discussed on this show is not John Paul II but his predecessor, John Paul I, who would die a month after his election. Nonetheless, Malachi Martin gives a detail-filled account of why Pope Paul VI had sought to appease the Communists, what the election of Albino Luciani as John Paul I portended, and how the conclave that elected him actually proceeded.