Stop reading quotes and read the entire interview in context.
Jesus didn’t tell Mathew he was a sinner, but loved him - that’s what drew him to want to follow and subsequently repent. That’s all the pope is saying Catholics should be doing - draw them to Christ’s love and the mercy he will give them...and they will come to understand and change.
Homosexuals and abortionists are not repenting. Quite the opposite; they have made an alliance with Ceasar and are storming the gates of the church while gleefully pelting us with the heads of their victims. This is the time to mount a vigorous counterattack, not indulge in double-minded, cryptic holyspeak. At any rate we already have plenty of mainline Protestant leaders who will do that for us (a pox be upon their apostate houses).
Great response.The main stream media will always twist what the Pope says.From the interview in America you get a good idea of the role of the Church today by reading just the section entitled ‘The Church as a field Hospital’
**draw them to Christs love and the mercy he will give them...and they will come to understand and change.**
Amen.....you nailed it.
Thanks for posting the link. Reading the interview made me realize that Pope Francis speaks from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality. Familiarity with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is essential in understanding his remarks.