Pope softening tone, not stance, O’Malley says But Francis’ stress on mercy and simplicity having huge impact, he believes ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Cardinal Sean O'Malley cautions that those with high expectations that the shift in tone from Pope Francis presages major changes in church teachings on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, and other flashpoint issues are likely to be disappointed. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images "I don't see the pope as changing doctrine," the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston said. Pictured: Pope Francis waved to pilgrims at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images The cardinal said Francis' early stress has been on changing the emphasis of the church, which in the past has been "too strident, maybe too repetitious." Luca Zennaro/AP/file 2013 The pope, pictured during his July trip to Brazil, wants to focus more on evangelism, mercy, and care for the poor, according to O'Malley. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff "The church needs to be faithful to the Gospel and to Christ's teaching," O'Malley said. "Sometimes that's very difficult. We have to follow what Christ wants, and trust that what he asks of us is the best thing."