The recent political upheaval in the United Kingdom has led to a debate over what British values are, and whether they are being lost. The debate, however, tends to brush aside the inconvenient topic of religion.
After denouncing the sins of the West, the Pope who “came from the end of the world,” needs to strike some sort of Westpolitik in order to keep alive all channels with the US and its conservative Catholic bishops.
Francis is considered to be the Pope of the People. But the most unique aspect of his papacy is the seeming reversal of a centuries-old pattern. He is trying to change the Vatican by focusing on the Church’s periphery.