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The body Francis set up to toughen enforcement of child abuse cases seems to be falling apart.
We can hear bromides about caring about the poor all day every day and not change; the idea of a "culture of encounter," however, is concrete.
I'm extraordinarily grateful for the immense contributions that John Paul II and Benedict XVI have made to the theology of the Church.
At the same time, it's important to realize that in Catholicism, the power of the pope's office doesn't come from intellect, but from prophetic voice.
In such stress-filled lives, being able to call upon the mercy of a God of love is a priceless gift.
Moreover, while the pope's predecessors have been academics, this pope is a pastor.