RELIGION
04/01/2013 03:00 pm ET

Progressive Pope? What Direction Will Francis Take The Catholic Church? (VIDEO)

Francis has only been leader of the Catholic Church since March 13th, but the new Pope has already made a deep impression on Catholics and non-Catholics by the choices he has made during Holy Week including washing the feet of Muslims and women inmates on Maundy Thursday and his calls for the church to be more involved with the poor, interfaith dialogue and peace.

Do the words and deeds of the newly elected Pope indicate a new progressive opening at the Vatican? Will it extend to LGBT acceptance and women ordination? Is the Catholic Church too complicated for binary political categories?

HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman leads the conversation with Rev. Paul Raushenbush, HuffPost Senior Religion Editor; Jamie L. Manson Weekly Columnist at The National Catholic Reporter, Chris Stefanick @ChrisStefanick Catholic Youth Speaker & Author and Nicholas Collura Graduate Student At The Boston College School Of Theology And Ministry

Watch the full segment on the future direction of the church here.

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