If Only Pope Francis Were Luther

If Only Pope Francis Were Luther
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With the advent of Wim Wenders's Pope Francis documentaryin theaters, the policies of the current pontiff will no doubt be the subject of considerable and heated discussion in the media. Thanks to the turbulent history of the Roman Catholic Church, historical analogies will surely abound. 

One such analogy is frequently proposed between Pope Francis and Martin Luther, and it is strengthened by Francis's occasional positive comments on the life and work of the Reformer. The resemblance is so close, in the eyes of some, that it provided the basis for a rather amusing April Fool's joke in 2017—amusing because it had a certain credibility to it.

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