Pope Francis has been called a lot of things over the years, from communist to conservative, complice to change agent. One thing is for sure: the Argentine-born pontiff is shaking things up in the Vatican and putting the Catholic Church back on the world’s center stage.
Pope Francis is a different kind of pope, and a spiritual leader whose moral authority transcends the Catholic Church. He’s a man with a questionable past during Argentina’s gruesome Dirty War, but claims he was later transformed by the poorest of the poor while he was living in Buenos Aires. Now he’s bringing that love for the people to his papacy, which has been characterized by outreach to young people and groups traditionally marginalized by the Catholic Church.
But are the pope’s symbolic gestures enough? And can he truly transform the Church without changing doctrine? Is that something he’s interested in doing?
As the pope embarks on his historic visits to Cuba and the United States, Fusion’s special documentary Saint or Sinner takes a look at the man shaking up the papacy. Saint or Sinner airs Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on Fusion.