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01/03/2014 10:07 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Pope Francis And 'Cafeteria Catholics:' Can New Pontiff Draw In Unorthodox Believers?

Will so-called "cafeteria Catholics" go hungry under Pope Francis?

The challenge for Pope Francis will be coaxing back those Catholics who choose for themselves which aspects of church teaching they accept. Can he get these errant types – known disparagingly as à la carte or cafeteria Catholics – to dine from the fixed menu?

Senior Religion editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush and Christopher White, author of "Renewal," joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss what the new Pope means for the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has made waves for countless surprising statements, but will that get more believers through the church door?

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