Pope FrancisIn an interview with a Rome-based Jesuit journal, Pope Francis stated that he believes the church has become “obsessed” with it’s take on homosexuality, abortion, an contraception, at the cost of what he believes should be the true goals of the church, being a “home for all”. Though he did not come out in full support of gay marriage, he stated his feelings of church “interference.”

“The church can share its views on homosexuality, abortion and other issues, but should not “interfere spiritually” with the lives of gays and lesbians”

These new quotes from the pope continue on what has become a sixth papacy marked by new, far more modern ideas on some of the church’s more fundamental beliefs. The church has at times used traditional doctrine as a reason for condemnation, and for many non-Christians, this has been one of the biggest turn-offs. 

As an advocate of “good gay treatment” as opposed to full-on gay rights, Pope Francis has established himself as a visionary within the context of the church. Though his statements on the church’s purpose may seem like an obvious one to an outsider, it is a decidedly modern view on a group that has been obsessed with doctrine and how these issues of homosexuality and abortion fit in or do not fit in to their doctrine. Pope Francis states that the church has become “locked up…in small minded rules” and “putting dogma before love.”

Since gay marriage has become such a polarizing topic in the world today, naturally the church has taken as many opportunities as possible to work in the their views on the subject. Francis vehemently states that “it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

“We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”

Whether or not someone supports gay marriage, the pope’s modern take on church as an advocate of love over doctrine is a refreshing take on one of the world’s most controversial subjects.

Quotes courtesy of:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/pope-francis-gay_n_3954776.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-pope-francis-gays-20130919,0,6719110.story

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/19/pope-francis-abortion-gays-interview/2837495/

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-pope-catholic-conservatives-20130919,0,5087717.story

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