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September 24, 2013 4:17 PM

Pope Francis a modern critic of moralism

Pope Francis’ blunt, conversational, subversive, disarming, humane, self-critical interview in the Jesuit publication America amounted to a sort of extemporaneous encyclical. He is 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.”

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