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all things catholic | John L. allen Jr.

S. Korea confirms Francis as the ‘Teflon Pope’

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SEOUL — South Korea is hardly the first proof of this insight about Pope Francis, and perhaps not the best. Yet midway through the pontiff’s Aug. 13 to 18 trip here, which marks his debut in Asia, it’s once again obvious just how much he’s a “Teflon Pope.”

It’s not that any major controversy is brewing, but that’s precisely the point. There’s material to fuel more than one dispute, but given the force of the pope’s personality, none of it sticks.

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