‘It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time’

The New York Times on Pope Francis:

In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal whose content is routinely approved by the Vatican. “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. …

The new pope’s words are likely to have repercussions in a church whose bishops and priests in many countries, including the United States, often appeared to make combating abortion, gay marriage and contraception their top public policy priorities. These teachings are “clear” to him as “a son of the church,” he said, but they have to be taught in a larger context. “The proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives.” …

In contrast to Benedict, who sometimes envisioned a smaller but purer church — a “faithful fragment” — Francis envisions the church as a big tent.

“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.”

Here is the whole interview in English.


7 thoughts on “‘It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time’

  1. Pope Francis is an extraordinarily modern and cunning thinker, very savvy in employing the media to get out his message, which is that the Church is as big as the grace of God. But the media will patently focus on an exaggerated emphasis, as though there is a rift between Benedict and Francis on theology and social doctrine that can be exploited for the world’s agenda. Not so fast! Francis has his own message, and it’s not the world’s. He wants the world to recognize Christ alone as its Savior.

    1. He is also a just slightly eccentric.
      The Pope seems to have taken extreme measures all his life to look the the average guy. Live like the average guy etc.

  2. This Pope will most likely do more to encourage new membership than any before him.
    Not by changing doctrine. Not by rejecting long held positions. Not by constant complaint and criticism of the church but by gently promoting and standing on what the RCC believes, stands and teaches,
    The Roman Catholic position on the hot topic issues are well know and well grounded.
    They are not going to change.
    Persons that enter the RCC know what the RCC teaches and willingly enter into communion with the church.

    Pope Francis is wise to not give too much attention to issues that divide the church and make headline news. It seems the Pope has found the right way to make headlines.
    You will not see this Pope encouraging the use of billboard in front of churches meant to excite and encourage division as seen recently at one United Methodist Church.
    Pope Francis is no agitator and may end up, by example, teaching the whole of Christianity how to maintain position, uphold doctrine, encourage growth and teach without compromise the right way.

  3. Some within our own ranks will try to see the likeness of Bishop Talbert in Pope Francis. But this is a false resemblance. Pope Francis is not overthrowing church law and blessing sin to cut a path to Christ. He is calling the world to Christ, who forgives, cleanses, sanctifies, heals, and raises from the dead.

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