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imagesBRAD MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST – TACD NEWS – On Thursday Jesuit magazines released its interview with Pope Francis.  In this interview, Francis provided an in-depth vision for the Roman Catholic Church.  Francis stated the church has failed to find a “new balance” between its spiritual and political duties. The Pope went on to warn that the church’s moral foundation will “fall like a house of cards.”

In a shocking statement, the Pope said that the church has the right to express it’s opinion about homosexuality, but it does not have the right to “interfere spiritually” on the lives of homosexuals.  Pope Francis recalled his days as a bishop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he would receive letters from gays and lesbians stating that they have “been wounded” by the church.  “But the church does not want to do this,” said Francis.  The Pope recalled his comment made earlier this year when he stated, “who am I to judge gay people?”

The Pope went on to say that women need to have more of an impact on church decisions while ignoring the claims that he is not harsh enough on gay marriage or abortion.  “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods, I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that.” The Pope said.

Pastor Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island, said of the Pope’s lax stance on abortion, “I’m a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis that he hasn’t, at least that I’m aware of, said much about unborn children, about abortion, and many people have noticed that,”

Pope Francis has a vision of an all over change in the “attitude” of the church.  “The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things,” the Pope said, “in small-minded rules.  The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.”

The interview was conducted by Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica, a Roman newspaper, in Francis’s apartment in Rome over a 3 days period.  It is available in 16 different languages.

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CNN: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/19/pope-francis-church-cant-interfere-with-gays/?hpt=hp_t1

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html?_r=0

Ynet News: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4431417,00.html


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