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Sorry — but Pope Francis is no liberal

Trendy commentators have fallen in love with a pope of their own invention

11 January 2014

9:00 AM

11 January 2014

9:00 AM

On the last day of 2013, one of the weirdest religious stories for ages appeared on the news wires. The Vatican had officially denied that Pope Francis intended to abolish sin. It sounded like a spoof, but wasn’t. Who had goaded the Vatican into commenting on something so improbable? It turned out to be one of Italy’s most distinguished journalists: Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder of the left-wing newspaper La Repubblica, who had published an article entitled ‘Francis’s Revolution: he has abolished sin’.

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Luke Coppen is editor of the Catholic Herald.

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