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December 9, 2013

Column: The pope — what he says, how he says it


Pope Francis is obviously aware of this fact. He knows what happens when governments strangle private enterprise, whether they do it with the “right” or the “left” hand. So, his comments on market economies have to be taken in context, just as his understanding of human imperfection doesn’t mean that the church is rewriting the definition of “sin.”

In many ways, this pope is a mirror. We see our hopes and dreams for a better world reflected in his radiant smile. The arrogance comes in seeing our own faces there, instead of God’s.


Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Readers may send her email at

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