The future of the Catholic church?
I’m surprised by Pope Francis’ comment that the Catholic church has become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful, and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. Abortion, gays and contraception are not about small-minded rules; they are prominent in the sins that affect all Catholics.
Almost all former Popes emphasized doctrine when it came to sins that affect abortion, gays and contraception. Most conservative Catholic clergy were against nuns who were accused of letting doctrine take a back seat to their social justice work, similar to the right-to-life movement.
Is social justice an easy way out of serious situations that affect marriage, abortion, gays and contraception? Almost 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, and most people feel abortion is the killing of an innocent human being. Even gays have multiple partners, and contraception (the morning after pill) is also an easy way out of a difficult situation.
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