In some parts of the country a third still vote for the successor party, and at times the post-communist party has been in the governing coalition.
So I guess what the pope is trying to say is that somebody who just happened to vote for the party isn't necessarily totally evil.
I don't know how seriously to take Francis's comment. It may just be a "some of my best friends are _____" reflex that he's using to temper and take the edge off his remarks.
Well, let’s just say his reflex statement to take the edge off .did not work. Nice try though.