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

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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Pope Francis Wants Catholics to Stop Complaining About 'Small-Minded' Rules

by Maressa Brown

pope francisSteering clear of discussion 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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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Sounds about right.  Religion has no place in politics. period.  Your religious beliefs are yours alone.  You have no right to try and legislate those beliefs on others.

CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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Good for him!  From the very beginning he's shown that he is more progressive and open and it's what they've needed.  The fact that he was elected goes to show that they recognize that some kind of change needs to take place within the church.

fiddlerbird555
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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I'm amazed that he was elected by most of the same group that chose Ratzinger.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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It is my understanding that he's a Jesuit and there hasn't been a Jesuit Pope before.  Because of the Jesuit emphasis on poverty and issues attendant, I think his sensibility may be different than Popes we are accustomed to.  Whether that will end up changing any policies of the Church remains to be seen. 

If he tries, he may end up with a schism, and I think he knows that.  He may opt to just emphasize the parts of the religion that he wishes to work on, and while not changing Church doctrines just not discuss those others so much.

AlekD
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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His "controversial statement" is a small part of a 12000 word interview. . Keep that in mind. I also recommend looking at Catholic sources for additional commentary about his statements, rather than relying on secular journalists who don't actually know anything about the Church.

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Sounds like someone striving to be truly christ-like. 

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM
I'm beginning to think; that this new pope, is going to start to anger many "traditional" Catholics very soon.
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by Thatwoman on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

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Quoting -Celestial-:

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JTROX
by Gold Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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Of course we are called to love all sinners.  This is far from a new concept.  Jesus taught it.  It is also included in the cathecism.

He did not teach to accept all sins.  I don't see Francis doing that either.

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