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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 8, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-HERETICAL, originally transmitted on June 9, 2016.

Pope Francis: A ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ faith is heretical

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has called on Catholics to adopt a “healthy realism” in their approach to their faith, and he decried rigid idealists as heretics.

Speaking during morning Mass on Thursday (June 9), Francis told congregants at the chapel in the Vatican guesthouse to try their best to seek reconciliation with others rather than pushing strict rules and a “take-it-or-leave-it” style of evangelism.

“Many times you can’t reach perfection, but at least do what you can, come to an agreement,” Francis said during his homily, quoted by Vatican Radio. He appealed to the example given by Jesus, whom the pontiff said adopted a “healthy realism.”

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