NEWS ALERT! Pope Francis Follows Jesus on Abortion

Francis americaIf people’s minds were blown when they found out that the Pope actually believes the Catechism, imagine how blown their minds are when they figure out that the Pope actually imitates Jesus Christ.

Minds are being blown even as we speak. A great new media fervor is starting about how Pope Francis is saying to back off from abortion and homosexual marriage and just talk about Jesus.

It’s important to read his actual words and try to understand where the Spirit is leading us in the Church of Pope Francis. His new interview with America magazine is available here: “A Big Heart Open to God.”

When Pope Francis said “who am I to judge?” with respect to homosexuals in his interview on the plane back from Brazil, headlines cried out that he was changing everything. “By saying this, I said what the catechism says,” he explains in his new interview. Indeed he did.

In his new interview, he suggests that we love people with same-sex attraction and not define them merely by that one characteristic. And he suggests we find an effective way to address abortion in context, which he points out is a cause of suffering for the women involved.

Here is how he put it:

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

To read that and say that the Pope wants to be accepting of abortion and contraception and gay marriage is like reading the story of Jesus and the Woman at the Well and say it shows how accepting Jesus is of adultery.

A key to his approach comes later in the interview:

“Because God is first; God is always first and makes the first move,” he said. “I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else — God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”

Compare Francis’ approach with Christ’s meeting with The Samaritan Woman at the well. In it, Jesus masterfully takes a woman who has led a sinful life from a simple conversation about water to a self-examination of her life to a recognition that Jesus is the Messiah. He does it without ever voicing his clear objections to her sinful life.

First, Christ respects the woman’s freedom. When we say we want to “evangelize” someone, we often mean we want someone to stop being who they are and be who we want them to be. Christ doesn’t treat the woman at the well that way. He recognizes the woman for who she is, but offers her a positive way to become more.

Second, Christ speaks in the woman’s language about a real need the woman feels, in this case for water. Too often, our efforts to tell other people about Christ fail to recognize their interests, while making our interests (their joining our Church) very clear.

Third, Christ doesn’t condemn the woman — rather, he leads her to a place where she can see the error of her own ways. This is crucial. Not only do we frighten people away from us by being judgmental, we deny them the opportunity to truly repent.

The harder way, the respectful way, is the only way that works.

Describes Francis:

“I dream of a church that is a mother and shepherdess. The church’s ministers must be merciful, take responsibility for the people and accompany them like the good Samaritan, who washes, cleans and raises up his neighbor. This is pure Gospel. God is greater than sin. The structural and organizational reforms are secondary—that is, they come afterward. The first reform must be the attitude. The ministers of the Gospel must be people who can warm the hearts of the people, who walk through the dark night with them, who know how to dialogue and to descend themselves into their people’s night, into the darkness, but without getting lost.”

Jesus did things the hard way. It is the hard way that Francis chooses. We should do the same.



Categories:Pope Francis Pro-Life

  • Chelsea Dozier

    I am all for holistic love but Pope Francis unfortunately does not mention Jesus Christ in his humanitarian speeches and we have to wonder what is he leading others into…

  • Michael

    Too many people are missing the point. You do not need to judge those who commit abortion by mentioning it by name and that it is wrong. There are many people that persist in the mistaken belief that they are somehow doing a good thing by bringing in a baby into the world for spare parts. To ignore this horrible atrocity gives it the power to continue. Yes, the Pope is a man, like all of us, but he accepted this position. It is his duty to speak up for all of those who cannot speak for themselves, not just the living poor. It is a scandal on the church that he ignores it. He needs to speak up as a moral standard bearer as well as a forgiving pontiff.

  • My savior

    I understand his message but I hear no mention of our Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins.
    He sits on the right side of God. The King of Kings.

    We are to be obedient however this holy man never says Jesus ever.
    This is concerning.

  • mark

    He seems to use the word GOD a lot, and never JESUS. maybe it’s me…


    2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae ,”
    Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • bill

    Sorry, it is not the Church of Pope Francis. He is the Vicar of Christ, not Christ. While sin may be forgiven by the Sacrament of Penance the debt owed is not.

    • John

      Oh ye of little faith. You pick at the speck in your neighbor’s eye, while ignoring the beam in your own. I feel sorry for you.

      • Loree

        He’s a man, he doesn’t walk on water. None are perfect, but for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. People need to quit nit-picking over every little thing and pray. Pray for The Pope, his visit and the people he encounters on his time here. More of God, less of me.

    • Joe

      Christ’s death on the cross is the payment for the debt owed. As Christians, we are to lead other sinners to the cross, not hang them on it. Sin is not forgiven by the Sacrament of Penance, but by faith in Jesus’ work on the cross. According to the Gospel of Luke in chapter 23, Jesus did not hang on a cross by Himself, He hung between two criminals. In verse 39 we read “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”” This verse reminds me of another verse, Luke 9:24, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Now let’s continue with Luke 23, in verse 40, “But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” This 2nd criminal points out that Jesus is without sin (read 1 Peter 1:19 on your own). This 2nd criminal also took responsibility for his own sin. In 1 John chapter 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now lets continue with Luke 23:42-43, “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”” Now, let’s seal the deal with Romans 10:9-10, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Now, let’s break this down together, shall we? When the 2nd criminal said, “Lord”, he confessed the Lord Jesus and when he said, “remember me when you come into your kingdom”, he was believing that God was going to raise Jesus from the dead. Therefore, according to what we just went over, the second criminal is in heaven. Not because of anything he has done but what has been done for him.

      Also read John 8:1-12 and John 4:1-26
      Jesus could have condemned both of these women.

      • Loree

        Yea and Amen.



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