Never thought I will be posting something positive about any Pope. This latest comment of the Pope on homosexuality is been a shocker. I believe now that he is a decent man. I think and ask my self what a big nation like Russia has to gain going after gays? I think this pope most’ve asked the same questions too. Seeing his church is said worse things, Im sure he thought he would set the record straight according to the heart of a good just man would dictate. I truly believe that the Pope’s comments are a by product of what Russia is done with their silly law. If they are not sorry yet they will be. What they’ve done is make people that were going to come on our side ten years from now moved them forward to now. People that were going to come out latter would come sooner. The good just people that have been quiet in the subject would see that one needs to speak out and shut what the homophobe world is been doing for ages.
- Pope Francis said in an interview published Thursday that the Catholic Church cannot focus only on abortion, contraception and gay marriage, and that the moral structure of the church will “fall like a house of cards” if it does not find better balance.
- The pope acknowledged in the interview that he has been criticized for not speaking more about those three issues, but he said that the church must “talk about them in a context.”
- While the teaching of the church on those subjects was clear, he said, “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
- The pope’s remarks draw a contrast with both the doctrinal focus of his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and with church leaders in the United States and around the world who have urged him to speak more publicly about homosexuality, abortion and birth control.
- “We have to find a new balance,” he said in the interview, published in Jesuit journals across the world. “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.”
- He added: “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”
- The pope, since his installation in March, has focused on the poor and those on the margins of society. He has also drawn praise from some parishioners for gestures of humility and frugality. He has declined some of the trappings of the papacy, and personally returned the phone calls of some of the faithful who have written to him.
- On homosexuality, the pope said that he used to receive letters in Argentina, where he was a cardinal before his elevation, who were “socially wounded” and felt that the church had condemned them.
- “But the church does not want to do this,” he said. “Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”
- He went on: “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?’ We must always consider the person.”
- Report By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC
- Comments by Adam Gonzalez