Pope Francis Wants Catholics to Stop Complaining About 'Small-Minded' Rules

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pope francisSteering clear of discussions about religion and politics if you want to avoid confrontation is age-old, sage advice, but keeping the peace may have just gotten easier. That's because Pope Francis' most recent statement is one many of us can agree on ...

Six months into his papacy, Francis has laid out his vision for the church and his priorities in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. The lengthy, in-depth discussion was published today in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S., and the biggest takeaway by far is the Pope's warning that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't dial down the stringent rules on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception. Whoa! And that's not all.

Pope Francis also emphasized what he believes is the need to make the church a more merciful, welcoming place for all. And he lamented his belief that "the church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules." He also addressed homosexuality specifically by saying:

Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being.

Wow! It's pretty groundbreaking that he's going there. Especially in light of the fact that some bishops in the U.S. have been voicing dismay that Francis hasn't been outspoken about abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. But while Francis acknowledged he had been "reprimanded" for not speaking out on those subject, he asserted that he doesn't have to and "we cannot insist only on" these controversial issues.

Sounds good to me! While it's sure to have some tongues wagging and tsk-ing, the messages Francis is sending sound reflective of more inclusion and compassion. Hopefully it's indicative of him looking to take the church a big humanitarian step forward.

What do you think about the Pope's controversial statement?


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Senia... Seniahmom

Love it. I've been saying this for years. Nice to see "top dog" on board.

astenken astenken

Hate to break it to you, but Pope Francis is only reiterating what the church has always taught...hating the sin but not the sinner.  The catholic church will never condone homosexual acts, use of artificial forms of birth control or abortion.  It simply cannot accept or condone behavior that does not lead to what is best for people in God's eyes. It will never settle for behavior that reduces Man's dignity.  It isn't about to kowtow to popular opinion two thousand years later.

bills... billsfan1104

Of course you and the rest of the so-called media twisted what he said.

Bloom... Bloomie79

I see zero example of his words being twisted. For once the pope is focused on the message of Jesus Christ and not the hate spouted in so many churches. Thank goodness. 

nonmember avatar blh

As someone who is catholic can tell you, nobody cares what the popes thoughts on birth control are. Everyone (well almost everyone) uses it. Alot of Catholics are pro-life, but some like my self, are pro-choice. And it's always been the policy to hate the sin and love the sinner. That;s not very groundbreaking.

bills... billsfan1104

What hate?? He is not saying gay marriage, birth control, or abortions are a-ok!! He is never going to say that.

nonmember avatar Zachary

Catholicism is dying out precisely because of attitudes like yours, billsfan1104. Read what the Pope says, and like it or not, he is changing (and saving) Catholicism. Thank God! :)

bills... billsfan1104

What attitude?? He is not changing anything. He is not changing any basic tenant of the Catholic Church.

MamaD... MamaDV1012

astenken is spot on.  I don't think anything here is controversial.  I think the Church's teachings on these topics are in the limelight way more than they should be.  The Church should be recognized for the GREAT things it does, not the few exclusive moral teachings that the mainstream public and media finds important.  The Church wants to welcome everyone.  It's about saving souls and proper catechesis. People need to learn more about the Church before they formulate opinions about the Church teachings. 

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