Don’t tell the Protestant FReepers this...
Thank you for this. There are even some on FR who are believing the spew from the media and not looking beyond the liberal inferences of other liberals’ carefully selected and abused “quotes”.
He said, "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. 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." He explained that the dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. Instead of focusing on controversial issues all the time, he wants to give primacy to the preaching of the gospel: "A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing."
It is wide open for interpreatation. Maybe he should try it again, using a little more carefully thought out language.
I happen to agree with the Pope on what i have heard him talk about, some assume that he shares the Marxist view, if that is the case i would not agree on that.
The pope seems to be interested in sharing the gospel rather than making Catholic authority on religion the main issue and i appreciate that.
How far would the Gospel have gone if the Apostles had of just been interested in who had the authority?
Paul may be an exception on this point in his accusation against The apostle Peter.
I hear mans doctrine from both Protestants and Catholic, vague scripture and assumptions that may or may not have anything to do with the subject.
Also i have no doubt that the Christian orthodox church who say they are the Church that descends directly from the early Church also has some man made doctrine.