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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.Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he 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.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?!
Liberals around the world applauded Pope Francis for meeting the bare minimum standard of human decency on Monday by saying, when asked about the possibility of gay priests, ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’Gawker’s Max Read with the best take on the news that Pope Francis appears to be willing to forgive gay priests.
It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people. … Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter. Permit me to say that we must be almost obsessive in this matter. We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths.’Pope Francis • Speaking to an audience of bishops and priests in Rio de Janeiro on the need for members of the Catholic Church to reach out to the public. The trip to Brazil is the Pope’s first trip abroad since first taking over for the still-alive Pope Benedict.
He hugged me. He kissed me. He said don’t forget about the poor. And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi.Pope Francis • Discussing the conversation he had with his close friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, regarding the inspiration for his name, which came during this week’s conclave. Francis of Assisi is fitting for this naming approach, as he was known for his missionary work.