Pope Francis has not mentioned traditional hot-button Catholic issues like abortion because he prefers to emphasize that Catholics love people and are not mean or old-fashioned,”
Don’t the innocent unborn deserve love, too?
"We oppose abortion, not because we are mean or old fashioned, but because we love people."
He's saying we're anti-abortion because we love (the unborn, etc!) --- he did NOT set up the implied either/or that was in the subhead.
In this kind of story, you can expect media distortion in the headlines, the captions, and the first 15 words (which is all some people ever read.)