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Refreshingly unguarded or naive? - The Galveston County Daily News : Faith

September 20, 2014

Refreshingly unguarded or naive?

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:30 am

Rarely if ever has a new pope been so immediately popular with the media. With his candid announcements and interviews, Pope Francis has garnered more coverage than most. The Religion News Service summed up the international press coverage noting, “Pope Francis on (Sept. 19) rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s ‘obsessed’ with a few sexual and moral issues and toward one that is more pastoral, less clerical and less doctrinaire.”

Randall B. Smith, professor of theology at Houston’s University of St. Thomas, said he was afraid this outgoing pontiff’s off the cuff remarks might be misconstrued.

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