Is Pope Francis revolutionizing the Catholic Church — or just ad libbing?

The perils of being a chatty, slippery pope

Pope Francis waves at fans after Sunday mass.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

"There he goes again."

That's what some of my Catholic friends have taken to saying every time Pope Francis makes a statement — usually off the cuff in a public forum — that appears to break from or raise significant, perplexing questions about some aspect of church teaching.

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