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Pope Francis takes on role of troublemaker (column)

6:15 PM, Sep. 26, 2013
Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of his general audience at St. Peter's square on Thursday.
Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of his general audience at St. Peter's square on Thursday.
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Pope Francis' blunt, conversational, subversive, disarming, humane, self-critical interview in the Jesuit publication America amounted to a sort of extemporaneous encyclical. He's clearly concerned that the message of Christianity has become obscured by ecclesiastical moralism.

"The proclamation of the saving love of God," he explained, "comes before moral and religious imperatives."

Just as clearly, this pope intends to be a disruptive force; the Vicar of Christ as troublemaker. Rather than leaving his critique in the realm of vague admonition, Francis waded into ...

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