What the Left and Right get wrong about Pope Francis

by John Gehring  |  published on October 28, 2014

If you followed the recently concluded Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, a meeting that brought together nearly 200 members of the hierarchy for discussion focused on the theme of family, you’re justified in having a case of whiplash after two weeks of high drama.

A preliminary report suggested a stunning shift in the Church’s tone on homosexuality, co-habitation, and other contentious issues. Just days later, a final report toned down much of the bold language that drew headlines as American Cardinal Raymond Burke and other conservative hardliners rejected the language as a “betrayal” of Church doctrine.

“We’re not giving in to the secular agenda,” Cardinal George Pell, an Australian archbishop now in charge of finances for the Vatican, insisted.

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