Pope Francis' recent statements about abortion, same sex relationships, and atheists tend to lead us Protestants to believe the Roman Catholic tradition is moving into a new era. By appearing to espouse a more open Gospel and a wider acceptance of Christian beliefs, he is appearing to lead the "Church" in an ecumenical direction. Eventually, his actions, theological writings, and the administrative hierarchy of the church will demonstrate to the rest of the Christian world if he is a true reformer or simply possesses an appealing personality. I believe his actions will speak louder than his words much like his name-sake, St. Francis of Assisi, who said, "preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
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