Even the secular press is noticing…

The Vicar of Snark

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Francis has definitely changed the Tone in the Vatican

[From The Week, U.S. Edition]

Pope Francis, Insult Comic

Hailed for striking a gentler tone, the pope is actually the vicar of snark

by Michael Brendan Dougherty

The pope’s favorite American prelate, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, opined this week on the character of the church’s biggest celebrity. According to O’Malley, Pope Francis isn’t about to launch a revolution in the church, he’s just changing the tone.

O’Malley said the shift in emphasis is necessary because the church has been in the past “too strident, maybe too repetitious.” The interview’s main pitch is of a “softer” church.

This is a very politic thing for a prince of the church to say, but of course, it is totally wrong. If the church’s tone under Pope Francis has changed at all, it has actually become harder, more lashing, and even snarky….

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