Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth

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Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth


Post by neo-x » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control
His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” — which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church.

Francis told the interviewer, a fellow Jesuit: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.

“We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

The pope’s interview did not change church doctrine or policies, but it instantly changed its tone. His words evoked gratitude and hope from many liberal Catholics who had felt left out in the cold during the papacies of Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II, which together lasted 35 years. Some lapsed Catholics suggested on social media a return to the church, and leaders of gay rights and gay Catholic groups called on bishops to abandon their fight against gay marriage.

But it left conservative and traditionalist Catholics, and those who have devoted themselves to the struggles against abortion, gay marriage and artificial contraception, on the defensive, though some cast it as nothing new.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:38 am

I don't think we can do an either/or on this.
The church is suppose to LOVE all and to be a safe haven for all and to be there for all, yes, BUT at the same time, loving the sinner is NOT condoning the sin.
We can accept what we do NOT agree with, we can accept that not all may share our faith and doctrines and still love them as Christ has taught us to love.
It is in THAT love that we can change those that WANT to be changed through the HS.

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