When it was announced in September that the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church would be releasing a prog rock album, the lay public’s reaction was one of disbelief. Pope Francis has indeed been more progressive than expected since taking the Holy Office in 2013. But papal reforms are one thing. The idea of a 78-year-old man strapping on a guitar and screaming into a microphone is something else entirely. Even the most liberal of lapsed Catholics had a difficult time wrapping their heads around that image.