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July 29, 2013

Pope Francis's Lessons for the GOP

John Avlon notes Pope Francis "hasn't been afraid to challenge the entrenched interests that have sullied his church's perception. His style of reaching out is just what might save the Republican Party."

"Much of the modern Republican Party is seems content preaching to a smaller and smaller choir. They seem, unfairly or not, more concerned with the head than the heart. Absolute faith in the power of tax cuts takes the place of alternative plans to alleviate poverty or expand the ranks of the middle class. This is not just a problem with communication; it is a problem with policy content that appeals outside the base."

As an example, the AP notes Francis "is reaching out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip."

Said Francis: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"


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