Skip to comments.Pope Francis: Catholic Church must focus beyond "small-minded rules"
Posted on 09/19/2013 2:46:04 PM PDT by SkyPilot
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S.
John Allen, a senior correspondent with the National Catholic Reporter, told CBS Radio News the pope is not changing church policy but makes it clear that he wants a less judgmental church.
"I think he is conscious that he's at a sort of make-or-break moment where the kind of pope he wants to be - if he wants to affect real change - he's got to be explicit about it," Allen said.
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In the 12,000-word article, Francis expands on his ground-breaking comments over the summer about gays and acknowledges some of his own faults. He sheds light on his favorite composers, artists, authors and films (Mozart, Caravaggio, Dostoevsky and Fellini's "La Strada") and says he prays even while at the dentist's office.
But his vision of what the church should be stands out, primarily because it contrasts so sharply with many of the priorities of his immediate predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. They were both intellectuals for whom doctrine was paramount, an orientation that guided the selection of a generation of bishops and cardinals around the globe.
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Although I am not Catholic, I have long admired the Catholic Church’s steadfast opposition to Abortion in the face of great opposition, long before Evangelicals picked up the mantle.
Now, that Science and technology are actually affirming the Catholic position with 3D ultrasound and fetal monitoring, it would seem that the new pontiff is calling this heroic stand “small-minded rules”.
If this is true and not a media ruse, it is VERY disturbing.
Pope Francis is, of course, entitled to his opinion, but there is a large group of people who consider his statements to be infallible. What can they do when the statements conflict with centuries of Catholic teaching?
Not to mention their own conscience in the matter.
AMEN! I've seen the secular media misrepresent the reports from all manner of religious groups.
I don't think he gave the interview in English.
I don’t know if you remember the old Phil Donahue show, it seems the only scripture that he could quote was “judge not lest ye be judged”. That was the whole Bible for him.
Am I the only Roman Catholic who can see a MAJOR civil war within the Church??
There are some outstanding traditionalists/conservatives within the Church however the lefties have become very influential.
Perhaps the REAL 3rd secret of Fatima was the Roman Catholic Church being ripped apart by internal strife.
TheVatican’s gotta generate some more revenue.
“I don’t think he gave the interview in English.”
Neither was Scripture.
The pope teaches infallibly regarding faith and morals when he invokes his charism of infalibility. This has only happened a handful of times, at most, in the past 150 years.
Except for the occasional outlier, the bishops have been virtually silent on these issues. They are seldom a topic of discussion or homily, and Catholic businesses will now be forced to support them, and now we are being told to shut up about these subjects.
You are most welcomed.
“He’s already told atheists to live according to their conscience and they’ll be just fine.”
That was the spin the media put on it. He didn’t really say it that way. The problem is this Pope makes vague statements that can be interpreted many different ways. To your point though I would not rule out anything. Does anyone really know how liberal (or not) this Pope is? It’s a guessing game.
thank you for the insight-
I do not trust ANY of the media to correctly
address what he is trying to say- -
The pope must take a stand on the ultimate truth
of the scriptures and commandments!
God looks for ALL sinners to come to Him-!
AND we ARE ALL sinners-!
I wish he would say this loudly!- Pope Benedict
Did! - was he forced out?- did God tell him to leave?
over 600 years ago a pope was forced out because of
a schism (multiple popes)— but this came as a surprise
to all (insiders will not say)-
MAN, oh man, if I could write and “end Time Trilogy”
!!! between O’bummer, the New pope, the ascendency
of EviL! what a story I could make up!
++But that might make some unhappy, so the new Pope wont tell them the truth. He thinks the Gospel is Sin on, Brother!++
He thinks no such thing. He doesn’t preach it either.
++Modern man is rushing to a hell they dont believe exists, while worshiping the God of Nike: Just do it! And the Pope is content to say, Yes, do it!++
The Pope says NO such thing.
Good grief! (Face palm...)
While that may be true, the public perception is that most Catholics believe the pope is “Infallible”.
If it is only in cases of faith and morals when invoking a special charism for that particular pronouncement, that is fine.
However, that is a very narrow definition and a fine distinction of which the average person is not aware. Most people, upon questioning, will not know about the special charism that has only been invoked a few times in the past 150 years, and are more likely to believe that the pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals without having to make a special invocation.
I did, after all, use the term “consider”. That means that, whatever the official stance is on this subject, the public perception is different. Abortion is definitely a matter of “Faith and Morals”, so whatever the pope says on the matter is going to affect Catholics, whether he invokes a charism or not.
Your analysis may be more accurate than mine. However, this Pope scares me. I’m Baptist, but anyone who proclaims Jesus as Lord is under attack. In America, we’re seeing people taken to court for their religious beliefs, and military members threatened. We are under attack, and he is acting like our attackers are just in need of a little guidance.
Modern man rejects the concept of sin. In a college class I was in last night, 2/3 of the class voted to legalize prostitution on the basis that people have the right to do what makes them happy, and orgasms make people happy!
We need Ronald Reagan as Pope, not Barry Obama...
He is approving sin. Shame on him.
Will he tell a homosexual he is a sinner? Or does he reply, “Golly, I sin too, and I’m the Pope!”
He is excusing sin, not confronting it. Think about John the Baptist...
When the Bishops did speak it was purposefully ambiguous to allow Catholics to vote for those who advocate for abortion.
I detect a strain of minimalist Christianity in this Pope.
In a Culture of Death in a Secular society...who is left to defend the defenseless if not the Catholic Church.
He is clearly moving away from JPII and Benedict...who were forceful in their challenges to Catholics, Christians and the World.
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