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How easy it is to misreport a pope

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Deep philosophical topics don't lend themselves to journalistic shorthand. Popes speak in paragraphs, not soundbites. Put it all together, and it's not hard to understand last week's weird coverage of Pope Francis. The Pontiff, the New York Times informed us, supposedly loosened or at least downplayed the Catholic Church's most controversial teachings. It was a huge story - only it wasn't so....

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