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Pope marks 85th birthday; AP sees ‘get tough’ approach

December 17, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: In a portrait of Pope Francis, who celebrates his 85th birthday on December 17, the Associated Press said that the Pontiff is taking a stronger line against his critics, “with the papal equivalent of ‘no more Mr. Nice Guy.’”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 17, 2021 7:50 PM ET USA

    Who besides determined and unrepentant public sinners and the press ever thought that Pope Francis was "Mr. Nice Guy"? A vocal name caller and denigrator of those who asked for clarity in the face of heretical assertions. An excuser of serious sinning. Obstinate in his mockery of those he perceives as enemies. A marginalizer and excluder of those Catholics who prefer to worship in a time-tested liturgy. Cunning in his manipulation of a fawning press. Abandoner of the persecuted Church in China.