Many of those focus on the need for reform within his church. But there is none of the traditional harshness which used to go with being the head of the Roman Catholic Church. His approach mirrors the rhetoric of compassion that made Pope John XXIII such a force. His influence extended to all religions.
I notice tone. Way back when I worked for petroleum company, the superior doing the performance review was harsh about aspects of the first drafts I handed in. I went into shut-down. In a few months I left the company to join an organization that was more understanding about how we human beings receive messaging.
When I began blogging in 2005, my coach Paul Chaney offered tough criticism. But it was framed gently. Within a few months a public relations agency hired me for a four-year blogging assignment. Yes, I had opened up to Chaney's recommendations.
Left to his own magical thinking, my rescue dog Lee would walk from Arizona to California all day. To reconfigure that into two 40-minute walks a day with a few brief ones in between, I lift him at the end of each. I kiss him and hug him, explaining Mommy has to go back to the writing assignments. Through that gentle conditioning, Lee has transformed from a sadsack biter to a tail-wagger who gets groomed without a muzzle.