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Should we forgive the Pope?

Assessing the new Pope's past transgressions

By Hugh OShaughnessy  

Can Pope Francis redeem himself?

The announcement in March that Jorge Mario Bergoglio was to become the new pope was almost too much for some of us to bear.   It was surely a coup de grace for the hopes of a billion or so Catholics, dominated, regimented, patronised and on occasion fleeced by wily clerics in Rome as the latter went about feathering their own baroque and rococo nests in the Eternal City and letting the poor go hang.

Now Paul Vallely, best known for…

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