In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.
The path from David Wojnarowicz's struggle with AIDS to a Smithsonian museum announcing, ironically on World AIDS Day, that Wojnarowicz's artwork might spoil someone's Christmas, says a lot about American politics.
Conservatives are turning an exhibition at the Loveland Museum Gallery in Denver into a political action issue for the upcoming election. Most of those railing against it have never even seen the artwork.
If Catholics wish to celebrate Mother Teresa's life in a reverent way, let them donate the costs of this vulgar and faintly punitive birthday celebration to an agency that offers single, poor women housing and support while pregnant.