Monday, September 23, 2013

POPE SEEKING BALANCE


“We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.” - Pope Francis

Pope Francis continues to usher in a more tolerant era of Vatican thinking.  

The Pontiff’s defense of homosexuals may be at odds with traditional Vatican rhetoric but it is a welcome breath of fresh air in an institution that has been  slow, rigid and out of touch on social issues.

In July, Pope Francis said ‘If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge him?’ The Catholic Church, as Pope Francis has reaffirmed, does not limit Christ’s call to follow him because of a sexual orientation. 
  
Last week he further indicated that he intends to usher the Universal Church into a new age. He says the church has fixated for far too long on a narrow set of controversial issues and “small-minded rules.” Our new pope is not afraid to address the thorny moral issues.

In the interview posted online on Thursday by 16 Jesuit journals, Francis, 76, said the Church must shake off an obsession with abortion, contraception and homosexuality and focus on healing those who felt "wounded" by the Church.

I am delighted with the new approach, I like the idea of a pope who's interested in the people and not just the doctrine. I have felt for a longtime that the church has failed those in greatest need of spiritual awakening and renewal.  

As a struggling Roman Catholic, I find it difficult to embrace a religion that believes that another human being is less human than yourself. In my opinion and my experience, a religion that changes with the times is more generous, more joyful, and better for humanity.

I still identify strongly with something I read by Hans Küng, a Swiss theologian who was rejected by the Vatican.   He said that the Roman Catholic Church was essentially on the road to truth but sometimes turned into cul-de-sacs

The most fundamental question of the Catholic faith is, does a given person accept Jesus Christ and follow his teachings to the point of practice?

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