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    it turns a long time to turn around an oil tanker.

    A public figure can say things in their public speeches that it takes years to reflect in their policy stances. Nixon was a "law and order" conservative who precipitated much of the 1970s conservative backlash, but he pretty much had to adhere to liberal domestic policies during his own time and place.

    By the same token, Pope Francis is going to be saying a lot of things about desired policies before the Vatican or the Catholic Church as institutions can be turned around.

    In any case, much of the papacy's power lies precisely in the bully pulpit of its speechmaking: its moral authority has no legislative teeth or direct legal control. What he says therefore counts for a lot.

    I get impatient with this notion that, in order not to be an utter hypocrite, the Pope has to immediately liquidate the Church's assets and redistribute the lot to the poor. You're going to be waiting a long time for that to happen, and you're going to face a lot more disappointment if people fail to measure up to your litmus test of purity.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 09:42:56 AM PST

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