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New pope not like the old pope


Last time I wrote something nice about the new pope many of my fellow liberal travelers thought the soft words were misplaced.

I'm sticking with my positive feelings about Pope Francis, based on stories like this one today (AP).

Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

Here's how CNN phrased it:

Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

I get it. The rules are unchanged. But there are other rules — feeding the poor, welcoming the stranger, comforting the afflicted, crusading for peace. The Bible said a whole lot more about these things than it did about gay people or birth control pills. I like this guy.

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