Nice guy or tough guy? The two faces of Pope Francis

Vatican City • To the vast majority, Pope Francis is the compassionate face of Catholicism today.

He’s rescued refugees, opened the Vatican’s doors to the homeless and told Catholics there’s no sin God won’t forgive.

But there is another streak to the Argentine pontiff that has been on display in recent days: a willingness to flex papal muscle and lay down the law.

Underneath the pope’s compassion is a steely side, which he’s particularly ready to use when it comes to priests, bishops or cardina...