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Is the Pope a Catholic?

Don't be fooled by his leftish rhetoric; the Pope is a traditionalist in terms of doctrine

By Piers Benn  

Enviromentalists march in support of Pope Francis. © Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images

During the weekend of 17th and 18th October, the annual Battle of Ideas, organised by the Institute of Ideas, will take place at the Barbican in London. Among numerous events will be a panel debate entitled “Is the Pope a Catholic?”

At this event I shall be defending the modest view that Pope Francis is indeed a Catholic—at least, as far as anyone can tell. All…

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