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5. The Pope, who may be infallible, but can still be vetoed.


(Agencia Brasil)

Despite the Huffington Post briefly turning into a Pope Francis fan site last week and weekend, the recently-concluded 2014 Synod of Bishops was a wash for the Argentinian pontiff. Though the Pope made statements favoring more openness towards homosexuals, divorced people and cohabitation, the final report on the Synod scrapped all such language in what is seen as a rebuke to the Pontiff. In a kind of backpedal, Francis gave a widely-reported speech on Friday, in which he said, among other things, "God is not afraid of new things," while also warning against "false mercy" against sins, which conservatives took to mean he was on their side. So, basically, everyone's angry and Pope Francis wants them all to think he agrees with them, which leaves everyone with the question of why can't someone who is infallible just impose the opinions he holds on his billions of followers, whatever they are. --JMC