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To: markomalley; Salvation
Like his namesake St. Francis of Assisi, it is likely that Pope Francis I will also be greatly misunderstood.

The Pope told a gathering of Catholic gynaecologists: “In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science.”

Pope Francis characterised abortion as a product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the ‘throwaway culture’, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.”

That mentality, he said, “calls for the elimination of human beings, above all if they are physically or socially weaker. Our response to that mentality is a decisive and unhesitating ‘yes’ to life.”

This strong and clear teaching on life and abortion by Pope Francis comes one day after the publication of an interview in which he warned that focusing on certain moral teachings, including abortion, could undermine the Church’s efforts to preach the Gospel.

To many this is a contradiction. To me it is merely what Cardinal Dolan says of Pope Francis' papacy ... he is a man who profoundly believes in the mercy of a loving God, and who wants to bring that message of mercy to the entire world.

Even John Allen at National(cino)Reporter (no friends of authentic Catholicism) resists the liberal urge to exaggerate what Pope Francis said in the jesuit magazine causing such uproar ...

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," ... "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," Francis says, "especially because the teaching of the church on these matters is already clear.

In general, Francis seems to suggest he wants the church to come off as less judgmental and more pastoral, though without becoming morally "lax."

Rather than condemning the world, he would prefer to praise the example of merciful Christ. Like the Theology of The Body, taught by Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Paul II the Great, I believe Pope Francis is seeking a “New Evangelization”, a new way of proposing Christianity to the world in all its beauty to be desired, that is more effective in reaching out to the entire body of Christ. It is clear that focusing on “rules-based” approach has not been effective in saving souls in the current culture. Perhaps Pope Francis is hoping to change that.

9 posted on 09/20/2013 10:08:10 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Rather than condemning the world, he would prefer to praise the example of merciful Christ.

Well said. This has challenged me, because I'm a doctrine guy, like St. Thomas. Surprise! ;-)

10 posted on 09/20/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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