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All Things Catholic | John L. Allen Jr.

On sex and money, Pope Francis sets his course

Also: Cologne gets ‘open-minded’ shepherd, plus interviews with an abuse victim and the Vatican’s finance czar

As anyone who paid attention in history class knows, when Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés landed in what’s now Mexico in 1519, he promptly scuttled his ships, thereby leaving his men no choice but to press on in conquest of the Aztec empire. For centuries, that rash act has loomed as an object lesson in total commitment.

This week Pope Francis scuttled some ships of his own, on two fronts which have been sources of scandal and heartache for the Catholic Church: sex and money.

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