Now, I actually disagree with pope on one point. I don't think that the Church obsesses about gays and abortion and such. I think that the Church is always defending itself and that the Progressives are obsessed.
That being said, I agree with his new tone. But just because he tells us not to obsess about rules and put love first, he is not selling out on the fundamentals.
The Left can't comprehend this-- if you are not with them on the issues, you are obviously a BAD PERSON.
I knew from the start that this Pope would confound every part of the spectrum.
My impression is that Pope Francis didn’t articulate well by using the phrase “small minded things”.
I’m guessing he meant to say The Church can only evangelize by being loving and welcoming first.
If you are always in condemnation mode - people will tune you out.
This does not mean - as the MSM- would have us believe- that he has any intention of changing one iota of the teaching.
The Pope is still Catholic - oh the horror!
I think you are right. I think normal people have never been obsessed about these subjects, nor normally would the church. It is the "progressive" Left that is obsessed and driving the conversation.
Its all they want to talk about. And they are the ones who misunderstood, perhaps willfully, the pope's remarks. Love the sinner, care about the sinner, Christ died for the sinner, we are all sinners. But sin is still sin.
Hence, Francis says, have sympathy for the woman who has had an abortion, she is in pain. Understand that the homosexual is a wounded soul. Christ loves them and can give them new life. Understand that you can't really preach to them until you have shown them that God loves them because they aren't going to hear you.
But sin remains sin. The church's teaching did not change.
If we put Christ first in our lives we won't need to be thinking about “rules” because all the right rules will just automatically fall right into place, exactly where they should be. It's simple really, and Pope Francis “gets it!”
It's the godless Marxist lib-Progs who are the fools constantly obsessing over man made “rules”.