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Pope Francis: Catholic Church’s Obsession With Gay Marriage, Abortion Could Be Its Downfall

by David Badash on September 19, 2013

in Civil Rights,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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Pope Francis I says the Catholic Church must stop being “obsessed” with preaching about same-sex marriage, birth control, and abortion, or it may find itself extinct. In a lengthy, shocking, and blunt interview that was given and published in secrecy, the Pope added, “I am a sinner.”

“We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards,” the 76-year old pontiff from Argentina told La Civiltà Cattolica, a Jesuit journal.

“He said he had been reprimanded by some Catholics, who felt he had not spoken out forcefully enough on issues such as abortion and gay marriage,” the Independent reports:

In response, he said he did not see the need to discuss those issues constantly, because he agreed with Church doctrine and considered the matter closed.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” Francis said. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.”

Of the Catholic Church overall, he said: “We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”

The wide-ranging interview was due to be published simultaneously by 16 Jesuit publications around the world at 4pm UK time, in a dozen languages including English.

It was conducted and disseminated in the utmost secrecy, with even some Vatican officials unaware of its content, and was hailed as a “scoop” for the Jesuit movement.

The New York Times adds that the Pope “also expanded on the comments he made about homosexuality in July, on an airplane returning to Rome from Rio de Janeiro, where he had celebrated World Youth Day.”

In a remark then that produced headlines worldwide, the new pope said, ‘Who am I to judge?’ At the time, some questioned whether he was referring only to gays in the priesthood, but in this interview he made clear that he had been speaking of gays and lesbians in general.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” he told Father Spadaro. “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?’ We must always consider the person.”

“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

Image of Pope Francis I by Casa Rosada via Wikipedia

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crazypony September 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

As a force of habit, I always cringe when I see the Catholic Church in headlines. Fortunately since His Holiness Pope Francis I has taken over the papacy, I have been more and more inspired with the direction he is taking our church.

-A Gay Catholic

labman57 September 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Irony. The Catholic Church seems unable to keep the perverse sexual proclivities of his own clergy in check, and yet it continues to make a concerted effort to micro-manage the sexual lifestyles of ordinary folks, even to the point of attempting to influence public policy and legislation to conform to their medieval views on sexuality and reproductive rights.

Hopefully, we will see a gradual shift away from such silly obsessiveness and more of a focus on useful matters affecting the lives of the Catholic community. The Pope’s proclamation is a small step in the right direction.

SeanLiberty13 September 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Yes it will.

Robroberts2013 September 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

NOM must be shitting even more furiously in their soiled pants right now. The Pope has hung them out to dry, and then tossed them under the bus, and is about to run the bus over NOM again in reverse. Ding, dong the NOM is dead!

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