Pope Francis Will Have His Own Good Friday
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  • Corlyss

    Interesting report, given the fact that so far Francis appears to be “protestantizing” the Church into the Catholic equivalent of the Unitarians and the American Episcopalians, i.e., they stand for little except standardless acceptance of all the kinds of behaviors the Catholics used to denounce.

  • tarentius

    Pope Benedict XVI was the wrong man at the wrong time. Essentially he was a provincial European who didn’t understand the Americas and Asia. Increased attendance at Sunday mass in the UK and Italy hardly portends a dramatic resurgence since Italy’s churches are almost totally empty on a Sunday and the number of Catholics in the UK is miniscule. Pope Francis is a media darling precisely because he has moved to the left towards godless liberalism. He is hardly popular with Catholics who not only know what Church doctrine is but believe in it. They are the strength of the Church. As Francis’s Papacy matures and he has to confront the tough doctrinal issues, not administration, his Papacy will seem less and less successful.

  • wigwag

    Best Pope since John XXXIII, at least for non-Catholics.

  • BobSykes

    As to persecution, try Matthew 5:11-12 et al.

    The MSM and the elites are not really listening to Pope Francis. He has not repudiated any Catholic doctrine; he has only changed the tone and emphasis. Sins like homosexual acts are still condemned but sinners including homosexuals are warmly invited into the Church, which will encourage them to repent and reform their lives.

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