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Francis: A pastoral pope, slipping conservatives’ grasp

“Francis, a Jesuit priest and master politician who defies, and despises, narrow interpretations, seemed to be once again slipping the conservatives’ grasp with broad and generous calls for tolerance and contemplation,” writes The New York Times’ Jason Horowitz, in the wake of the pontiff’s speech at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, which discussed religious liberty from a progressive perspective.