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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Andrea Kent
Parishioners and visitors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception expressed hope Thursday that Pope Francis will call the church establishment back to its core mission and values -- and perhaps bring wayward elements of the flock back into line.
"It might -- might -- be too much to expect Pope Francis to give us the brilliant theological arguments and sociopolitical insights we had from Benedict," Ms. Kent said in reference to the previous pope, who resigned effective Feb. 28 for health reasons. "Still, I hope Francis will gently instruct the world that Catholic moral teachings -- even those that seem hard -- are true, good and beautiful, informed by love."