MICROPOLIS: The Pope Francis Effect

Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Even in New York, where issues of faith usually reside on the margins of public life, the Pope has people talking. And although much of what he says is viewed through the reductive lens of politics — Is he liberal? Is he conservative? — for many Catholics his words have a deeply personal, emotional impact. 

In this episode of Micropolis, we examine the Pope Francis effect: the way some Catholics view themselves and their fellow Catholics differently, because of what their pope is saying. How he seems to have altered the perception of Catholics by others.

"We're so used to engaging in conversations that may not be the most comfortable — not too friendly," said Tim Lykins, a musician who runs a young adult group at St. Malachy's the Actor's Chapel. Now, he said, "People have a little bit more of a friendlier stance. And a little more open mind to listen to a Catholic now. You're not so much on the defense."

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Comments [5]

ceolaf from New Haven

I don't hear a lot of micropolis, as I no longer live in NYC. But this was a really good piece.

Oct. 06 2013 01:54 AM
cammykicks from long guy land

Oct. 04 2013 02:04 AM
Ais from NYC

the pope is dope

Oct. 03 2013 03:27 PM
Brian from Upstate NY

He’s probably a liberal by the medieval standards of the Catholic hierarchy but that’s missing the point. What appeals to people about this Pope is not his ideology but the fact that, unlike his predecessor, he comes across as deeply connected to ordinary people. He appears to put humans ahead of abstract academic theology. That is what’s garnered him widespread respect, more so than any actual positions.

Oct. 03 2013 11:06 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We love the pope!

Oct. 03 2013 08:37 AM

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