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Pope Francis fails the litmus test of the Left

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 23, 2014

The subhead for wild diatribe against Pope Francis on the Salon site gives you a pretty accurate indication of what to expect:

Don't buy his populist rhetoric. The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors

Anna March is an angry, angry woman. She has just discovered that although the Pope enjoys great popularity, he disagrees with her on a number of subjects that she considers vitally important, such as contraception and abortion and homosexuality and family planning and birth control and condoms and contraception and the Pill and gender and gay marriage and birth control and… did I mention contraception?

And isn’t it terrible that Catholics are so obsessed with issues of sexuality?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 23, 2014 12:53 PM ET USA

    Today you know a man by the intensity of hate he "enjoys" from the right (i.e. wrong) quarters. Borrowing a theme the pope also touched on recently, most people see that if they are denounced by the Mafia, for example, it is a badge of honor. The more virulent the rhetoric, in fact, the bigger and shinier the badge.