Pope Francis has released a document that’s causing quite a stir in the media. Here’s one reporter’s interpretation:
Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.
He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers “irregular” situations.“A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws … as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives,” Francis writes in a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters.He urges more common sense and less unthinking following of rules.
Alrighty then! Let’s leave it to the theologians and the geniuses in the media to interpret the penumbra of Pope Francis’s shuckin’ and jivin’.
Remember when presidential candidate Barack Obama said this? [emphasis added to quotes]
I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.
Keeping in mind how now-President Obama and Pope Francis seem to be best buds, this is the part of the papal “exhortation” that I found most interesting:
Frequently, sex education deals primarily with “protection” through the practice of “safe sex”. Such expressions convey a negative attitude towards the natural procreative finality of sexuality, as if an eventual child were an enemy to be protected against.
Or as if that “eventual child” were a punishment! Ah, well. This pope is nothing if not “tolerant.”
That amazing tolerance may explain how Pope Francis can be so friendly with a man whose beliefs seem so diametrically opposed to those of the (erstwhile?) Catholic Church.
Obama, remember, infamously voted against a bill meant to preserve the life of a child who was born alive during an abortion. Apparently, to Obama, whether the child lives or dies should be determined by the mother alone. If she wants the child dead, then the child should die, even if he or she is living outside the womb, because death was the mother’s “choice,” and the issue is abortion, not life.
What are the limits, if any, of this current pope’s mercy and “tolerance?” Are there any limits?
What about the Pope’s call for us all, including himself, to be non-judgmental?