"Many Catholics hope perhaps that the Argentine Pope's enormous popularity will reverse the flight of believers. Yet a good image appears not to sway non-believers. "I don't think Francis is enough to revert the decline of Catholicism in Latin America, but it could stop the bleeding," Bellolio says.
Lozada says, "Bergoglio shed his skin to return as Francis, leaving behind his sins, his violence, intolerance and explicit authoritarian character." He recalls a speech the now-Pope gave as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, on USAL's 20th anniversary. "Fighting atheism is to fight the negation of all transcendence, and affirm the presence in our history of the Living, the only Living One," he said then. "Fighting atheism in its various forms is to affirm transcendence."
Lozada admits the Pope is good with the media, but thinks his effect will pass. "At the end of the day, the Church's doctrine remains the same and is against all that has been won in human rights."

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Whenever Francis seemed to offer a bridge -- like "who am I to judge" gay people, or an apparent softened stance towards atheists -- he allowed other Vatican officials to yank it away and return to the same old doctrine.

He showed his true colors other times, such as when he endorsed the ban on equal marriage being voted on in Slovakia last February. (Fortunately, turnout was far below the 50% required in that country to establish a constitutional amendment.)

yep he looks like a major phony

We shouldn't let atheists forget this is how he felt about us just before he was elected Pope: He said:

"Fighting atheism is to fight the negation of all transcendence, and affirm the presence in our history of the Living, the only Living One," he said then. "Fighting atheism in its various forms is to affirm transcendence."

Same to you, jerk!

I'm obviously glad to hear that people are leaving the RCC for atheism, but I believe there's also a lot of conversions to Protestantism taking place at the same time.   

The blush has been off this particular rose for a while now.  Far as I'm concerned, Frankie can go peddle his papers elsewhere.

People that do believe will do anything that they possibly can to continue believing and also to encourage belief. Read a little on Martin Luther and you quickly learn that this includes lying if you think it will help god belief. Pope Francis is therefore no different than anyone else. The problem is, they think they have the high ground with their "faith" and "the bible says." Nothing could be further from the truth.

On You Tube and Google sites the believers all want to dazzle me with DNA and anti evolution endlessly so I'll give up and admit there is a god. I'm sorry. Your argument proves nothing. I admit that I don't know but the believers keep on making it all up. Whether Pope Francis or William Lane Craig, they will do anything to stop atheism. Non proof is no evidence. Jehovah and Jesus are as impotent as Thor.

That's why I don't trust any of them.

As long as he opposes birth control in any form for any persons for any reason, and supports exorcism, I figure the bottom line is a self-serving form of organized superstition.

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