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Distinctly Catholic: The opposition to Francis is not diminishing in volume, although I still wonder how widespread it is. Lots of sound and fury, but does it signify anything?
Conservative Catholic dissidents, who have been attacking Pope Francis, showed their true colors recently by attacking retired Pope Benedict, calling his writings "subversive" and "modernist." That's right, they think Benedict is a heretic.
NCR Today: If Catholic bishops really want a church that listens, heals and goes to the margins as Pope Francis does, it's far past time to build a culture of encounter with the LGBT community.
The global growth of Islam and in particular the rise of Islamic extremism have forced recent popes to set out, with increasing urgency, a strategy for engaging the religion.