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Reposted from ohnotheydidnt

To say that I am (pleasantly) shocked by this announcement would be to understate things radically:

Hell may have officially frozen over.

In an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine, released earlier this morning, Pope Francis urged followers to make the Catholic Church a more merciful and welcoming place for all. Then he issued a warning: If the church neglects to find a “new balance” regarding gays, abortion, and contraception, its moral foundation will “fall like a house of cards.”

Said his holiness: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage, and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. 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 continued by saying that some members of the church have become “obsessed” with these issues. “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things,” he lamented, “in small-minded rules.”

But this isn’t the first time Pope Francis has sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church in regards to his thoughts on homosexuality.

Two months ago, he caused a stir during an inflight news conference when he was asked about gay priests. “Who am I to judge?” he replied. Then he added: “As long as they are searching for God and have good will.”

Francis noted in his latest interview that he was merely repeating a church teaching.

He continued: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘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?’”

“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all,” he said, “not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people.”

We never thought we’d say this, but… Amen!

Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/81676067.html#ixzz2fMyq39g6


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Sep. 20th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC)
At last, a Pope who seems to have some understanding of what the founder of his church was actually on about.... I'm hugely glad to see this and hope he can get this more tolerant attitude to filter down a bit - the Catholic church has a big influence still in many places, and it could do a lot of good for persecuted folk by teaching this sort of attitude instead of pointing the finger and screaming "Sinners!"....
Sep. 21st, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I agree. It shocks and amazes me that Pope Francis would talk about gay people in any sort of positive way.

I know a woman on FB, you have probably seen some of her comments to my posts there. (Her name is Taunia.) She is the widow of an ex-boyfriend of mine, and we started talking about her late husband. She is a very nice woman in many ways, and I would never turn away anyone whom Darko loved. But she is so strongly anti-gay. I have noticed that she has posted *nothing* about the Pope's latest words. Usually she is quick to accept the teachings of the Catholic Church and of the Holy Father, but now there is silence. I feel sad for her. It must be so difficult to have to wrestle with a completely different viewpoint than the one which she has invested herself in.

Her late husband, whom I loved once, was remarkable in that he accepted everyone. I cannot imagine him turning anyone away for their sexual preferences, their opinions about abortion, their use of contraception (we certainly used it). He was very religious, but did not preach, and tried to live as he believed Christ would. He came closer to it than anyone I have ever known. I think it would horrify him to see how narrowminded his wife has become - I very much doubt that he introduced her to the Catholic faith in order that she become a bigot.
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