Habemus Papam! And I love that habemus papam in a grid that also includes a SEXT (8D: Message one might not want the tabloids to see), EROTICA (46D: Racy stuff), and the Monster MASH (6A: "Monster ____" (1962 #1 novelty hit)). Mr. Livengood stopped short, however, of clueing NERO with any reference to the Christian-persecuting emperor. I guess that would have been "de trop." I use the French there because I know he'll understand it, since he went ahead and used PNEU (61D: French tire) as though it were a household word, and the slightly more well known (Is that right? It's hard for me to tell, really.) NOTRE (66A: Our, in Montréal), and ROI (23A: "Vive le ____!"). Frankly (see what I did there?), I would have expected more Latin, or at least Italian, in a puzzle centered around the ultimate MANCAVE (22D: Room with a pool table, wet bar and TV, say), the VATICAN (45D: Current home of 63-Across).
I will confess, however, to liking this puzzle quite a bit. There was a lot of zippy fill, and I liked the contradictions. VATICAN is spooning EROTICA, but then POPEFRANCIS (63A: Official elected March 13, 2013 (also the very day this blog was begun!)), presides over NOTRE and PEACE (67A: "Later, bro!").
I'd say the week is off to a very nice start.