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AP reporter tells students: Pope is a 'conservative Catholic'

April 07, 2014

Speaking to a student audience on North Carolina, AP’s Vatican correspondent characterized Pope Francis as “a conservative Catholic.”

Nicole Winfield told a crowd at Elon University that they should not be mistaken by the Pope’s “positive appeal,” and should not anticipate any major changes in Church teachings. “Those won’t change,” she said. “He is still against abortion and gay marriage.”


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 07, 2014 6:48 PM ET USA

    I've heard the adverb "still" used this way often in relation to leading Catholic prelates: "He's a nice guy, but he's still against [insert here name of any popular sin or sins]". Its use says more about the mindset of those who utter it than it does about any intentions of the particular "nice guy".

  • Posted by: normnuke - Apr. 07, 2014 3:51 PM ET USA

    Nice to hear. Now maybe we can hope for a more open, less 'sad' attitude toward the traditionalist branch that P. Benedict XVI liked so much.