Boston (CNN) -- In some ways, the "Pope Francis effect" doesn't seem very effective at all.Read the rest HERE
Despite the immense popularity the aged Argentine has won since his election last year, not a jot of doctrine has changed, nor has the Catholic Church swelled with American converts.
But there's more than one way to measure a pontiff's influence on his far-flung flock.
Start asking around -- here in Boston and beyond, Catholics and atheists alike -- and it's easy to find people eager to share how one man, in just one year, has changed their lives.
There's the gay man who finally feels welcome in his church.
The woman who weeps when headlines deliver good news at last.
The former priest who no longer clenches his fist during Mass.
The Latinos who waited forever for a Pope who speaks their language.
"I'm telling you, brother, if you focus on the numbers, you're missing the story," says the Rev. John Unni, a Boston pastor with an accent as thick as clam chowda.
"There's an energy, a feeling, a spirit here. It's like a healing balm."
So in otherwords (even if not intended) hes all things to all men in a very superficial sense.
I try not to talk about the daily happenings of the Holy Father because who knows what is authentic or not. All I will say is that no one is calling for people to burn material heretics on the street, but for crying out loud what does it profit these poor souls to become complacent and have their sentiments joyfully fullfilled if they lose their soul? Bad teaching still leads souls to perdition, and ambiguosity confuses poor souls causing dispair... a by product of scandal (again whether intended or not.
Love the Holy Father, Pray for Him but I for one will continue to not work against him but wont play the worldly game of pandering