The pope is a whole new paradigm to some people;
his servant heart can be easily understood;
           but if one tries to analyze him through the "is he conservative or liberal?" lens, 
                                he will be misunderstood.
He is far more 

Fuzzy set Franciscan


quite more 

                   simply complex/complexly simple
                                          conscientious objector in the culture wars

than all that.

It's not like he's in character a la Colbert ("Is he a conservative playing a liberal playing a conservative?")..

it's more to with his character than being in character.

"Listen, doctor, please don't misundertake me...":

What do you think is going on in the article below, for example?:

SMYRNA, Ga. — When Pope Francis was elected in March, Bridget Kurt received a small prayer card with his picture at her church and put it up on her refrigerator at home, next to pictures of her friends and her favorite saints.

She is a regular attender of Mass, a longtime stalwart in her church’s anti-abortion movement and a believer that all the church’s doctrines are true and beautiful and should be obeyed. She loved the last two popes, and keeps a scrapbook with memorabilia from her road trip to Denver in 1993 to see Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day.
But Ms. Kurt recently took the Pope Francis prayer card down and threw it away.
“It seems he’s focusing on bringing back the left that’s fallen away, but what about the conservatives?” said Ms. Kurt, a hospice community educator. “Even when it was discouraging working in pro-life, you always felt like Mother Teresa was on your side and the popes were encouraging you. Now I feel kind of thrown under the bus.”
In the eight months since he became pope, Francis has won affection worldwide for his humble mien and common touch. His approval numbers are link