Pope Francis secretly met with gay-marriage refusenik Kim Davis on his recent trip here. I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t disappointing, an unforced error that has left a bitter aftertaste. It serves to emphasize what many long-time observers of Francis have repeatedly noted: he remains very conservative on certain doctrinal issues. Abortion? Women in the priesthood? Gay marriage? These are all big fat “no’s” for the Pope. Francis may soften the edges of these issues, but his welcome in America may wear thin as it becomes clearer that he won’t be making any substantive reforms on his watch.