Pope Francis: “The Catholic Church must change its ‘divisive stance’ on abortion and homosexuality”


Steve Cooper
The Conservative Monster

Pope Francis claims “The Catholic Church must change its ‘divisive stance’ on abortion and homosexuality”? Now you know why Leftists were giddy when this guy was voted in as the ‘Progressive Pope’.

Two months ago, Francis caused a sensation during an inflight news conference when he was asked about gay priests. “Who am I to judge?” about the sexual orientation of priests, as long as they are searching for God and have good will, he responded.

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10 thoughts on “Pope Francis: “The Catholic Church must change its ‘divisive stance’ on abortion and homosexuality””

  1. I GUESS THE NUMBERS STARTED FALLING OTHERWISE THIS POPE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT… I AM NOT A CATHOLIC AND COULD NOT EXIST IN THEIR WORLD.. BUT THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND I AM REALLY GETTING ITCHY ABOUT THE WAY IT IS GOING… I MAINTAIN MY CHRISTIAN FAITH NEVERTHELESS AND PRAY FOR NORMALCY…

    1. Rog,the Catholic Church has been around for thousands of years. It’s not going anywhere. There is just a balance that needs to be struck. My faith is more than faith. I am a sinner and I will take whatever I have to at the end of my life. I have been in many situations where it could ONLY have been God who saved me. Two times that saving was done by dogs. One when I was being chased by two men at night in a quiet neighborhood. I wasn’t sure I could get away but when I ran past a house with a BIG Barking , Snarling dog, I was sure I found my safety. I did . They came nowhere near me and that dog. Please don’t give up hope. Have real faith in God.

  2. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently,” Francis said. “We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

    Rather, he said, the Catholic Church must be like a “field hospital after battle,” healing the wounds of its faithful and going out to find those who have been hurt, excluded or have fallen away.

    “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars!” Francis said. “You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”

    “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” he lamented. “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.”

    The admonition is likely to have sharp reverberations in the United States, where some bishops have already publicly voiced dismay that Francis hasn’t hammered home church teaching on abortion, contraception and homosexuality — areas of the culture wars where U.S. bishops often put themselves on the front lines. U.S. bishops were also behind Benedict’s crackdown on American nuns, who were accused of letting doctrine take a backseat to their social justice work caring for the poor — precisely the priority that Francis is endorsing.

    Just last week, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, wrote in his diocesan newspaper that he was “a little bit disappointed” that Francis hadn’t addressed abortion since being elected.

    Francis acknowledged that he had been “reprimanded” for not speaking out on such issues. But he said he didn’t need to.

    “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said. “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

    Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, was interviewed by Civilta Cattolica’s editor, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, over three days in August at the Vatican hotel where Francis chose to live rather than the papal apartments. The Vatican vets all content of the journal, and the pope approved the Italian version of the article.

    Nothing Francis said in this or other interviews indicate any change in church teaching. But he has set a different tone and signaled new priorities compared to Benedict and John Paul — priorities that have already been visible in his simple style, his outreach to the most marginalized and his insistence that priests be pastors, not bureaucrats.

    Two months ago, Francis caused a sensation during an inflight news conference when he was asked about gay priests. “Who am I to judge?” about the sexual orientation of priests, as long as they are searching for God and have good will, he responded.

    Francis noted in the latest interview that he had merely repeated church teaching (though he again neglected to repeat church teaching that says while homosexuals should be treated with dignity and respect, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”)

    But he continued: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’

    “We must always consider the person. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.”

    The key, he said, is for the church to welcome, not exclude and show mercy, not condemnation.

    “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity,” he said.

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  3. I DO HAVE FAITH IN GOD… ALWAYS DID.. I AM PROTESTANT… NO REAL DIFFERENCE OTHER THAN BIRTH CONTROL… I NEVER LOSE FAITH–THIS WEEK,, MY FRIEND’S SON HUNG HIMSELF AND DIED 4 DAYS LATER BECAUSE OF A WOMAN… I COULD NEVER BE THAT WEAK….. I NEVER LOSE FAITH… JUST CAN’T LIVE IN A CATHOLIC WORLD… I AM OF BRITISH/ ITALIAN/ SCANDANAVIAN DECENT…. I WELCOME ALL STRAIGHT CHRISTIANS TO REALITY…

    1. Yes, I’ve known of two young people in our community who did the same. Sometimes I feel like my son is close to that. He’s a troubled soul and only 19. I don’t think I’ve gone a day in my life without worry.
      My mother was from England and my uncles and cousins still live there. She was Catholic. What else can you be with a maid name like McCleary? My father was Greek Orthodox. His grandfather was a priest as was his great Grandfather. They lived on Crete and fought the ottoman army. Their church was burned to the ground. They were persecuted but still live on. Thanks to my Great Grandfather practically shoving my grandfather on a ship sailing to America. :)
      I LOVE my religion and I’m glad you do to there’s no argument there.
      Thanks to Steve for his impartiality in posting articles that give way to such forums as these

  4. I understand there are certain Protestant sects who interpret the prophesy of Malachy incorrectly. There is only one true church and anything interpreted from a severely edited bible cannot be taken seriously

  5. I’m so so sorry about your friend, Rog. I don’t think I could ever endure that kind of pain myself. I will pray for that poor boy’s soul and the tragic pain he left his mother to bear. I’m sure you’re there for that person. That’s good. God help his family is all I can say. It’s happening way to often in the world these days.. !!!!

  6. HE WAS ONE OF 10 KIDS AND NOW THE YOUNGER ONES DON’T WANT TO GO BACK IN THE HOUSE… WITH SO MANY MEANS OF GETTING COUNCILING THESE DAYS I BELIEVE HE WAS TWISTED BEYOND REPAIR… HIS MOTHER IS TAKING IT FINE AND HIS FATHER TOO …. THE ALMIGHTY IS DOING THE BEST POSSIBLE NOW…

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