When it comes to the rift in Catholicism between worried conservatives and liberalizing progressives, Pope Francis’ nuanced positions make him impossible to pigeonhole.
Doctrinally, he is conservative. He has not substantially changed church teaching. He is, however, revolutionizing its interpretation and application, emphasizing mercy and healing over dogma and discipline. He clearly recognizes the importance of discernment and patience in the process of transforming lives and challenging injustices. But his condemnation of global capitalism and environmental destruction, and his ability to bring the voices of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people to global politics, make him a radical leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.… Seguir leyendo »