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Be wary of the temptation of functionalism

Robert Mickens, Rome
Most people who follow the happenings of the Catholic Church will vividly remember this date: 13 March 2013.
It was on that evening in Rome that a Jesuit cardinal from Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica dressed in white. He was the newly elected pope and had taken the name Francis.