Archbishop Kurtz and I spoke in 2013 about Pope Francis, and I wrote about our conversation for the Bellarmine University magazine. Given his prominent role as a delegate to the Synod on the Family, I contacted him to ask if he'd be willing to discuss publicly his experiences at the Synod, his understanding of the issues at stake, where he sees the Synod going in 2015, as well as his personal impressions of Pope Francis.
Our conversation took place on a cold evening, but despite the weather, a sizable group of Louisvillians came to hear the Archbishop speak on the Synod and to raise their own questions. When I announced on Twitter that this event would take place, a number of people outside Louisville asked whether the conversation would be recorded. Archbishop Kurtz agreed to the event being recorded, and the video of our discussion is embedded below. I, rather embarrassingly, mixed up the notion of gradualism with another concept, but Archbishop Kurtz very graciously corrected me. Archbishop Kurtz was open in his assessment of the Synod, and he very willingly opened up the floor for questions from the audience. He mentioned throughout the conversation that such events like this are vital for him as a bishop as he discerns the issues at stake and his responses to them.