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.

 

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82 thoughts on “NEWS ALERT! Pope Francis Follows Jesus on Abortion

  1. Doug says:

    If indeed the pope is saying to quit getting all aereated about abortion and homosexuality, I’m here to call him down. It’s bogus to say to concentrate on Jesus and put these evils on the back burner, when the preciousness of unborn life and the natural practice of sexuality is from His Father God. Abortion is a horrific act of barbarism against a precious unborn child. Homosexuality is an abomination against God. Do not think that the same God who judged Sodom and Gommorah for sexual perversion and Israel for child sacrifice will go any easier on us. God is the judge of each person. People must pass judgement against evil in all its forms. To not judge evil is to approve of it and withold a chance of repentance for the people who are engaged in it. If I’m reading the pope correctly, it may be time to send him packing before he does any more harm to the souls of the world.

    1. Rain says:

      Sorry Doug. Sounds like you are appointing yourself to be the judge. Good and evil exist in this world; there is no question. When evil is present, it is clear to most people. No one needs anyone else telling them where the evil resides. I agree with the Pope that context is everything. Taking an unborn child out of his/her context… the context of the mother, is just more grand standing. It’s saying “I am righteous, and you are evil.” I don’t care how right you think you are; you can never know the issue in the context of the other people involved unless you are living it. Just saying “abortion is a horrific act of barbarism” isn’t thinking about each unique woman and unborn child. Rape is also a horrific act of barbarism. Some women may want to carry a child to term in the case of rape; others may not be able to do so because it would destroy them. Who are you to judge in a situation like that? At this point, you may want to label me as “anti-life” or whatever the new phrase might be. I can tell you that I am not for frivolous abortion. I know there are those who use it that way, and I do not condone their choice. I also do not believe in any legislation of abortion either for or against. I believe that God is working through these women in the choices they make in ways that is only known to the woman and to God. Everyone else should stay out of it. Are there cases in which men should have some say in the choice? Yes. That all depends on the relationship between the man and the woman. There is one key difference: A man can walk away if he chooses to do so. A woman cannot. I have often wondered why activists don’t follow dead-beat-dads around with signs depicting the sad faces of their fatherless children, harassing them to the ends of the Earth like the activists do to women outside Planned Parenthood. Not a cool enough cause? Misogyny? Too many dead-beat dads-among the ranks of the activists? I don’t know.

  2. Daniel ward says:

    I pray that the Holy Spirit will wake catholics who are trapped in a false religious system. The pope of Roman universalism has no authority to grant forgiveness to anyone on behalf of the Lord. Christ is head of the true Church, not the bishop of rome.

    Christ will forgive anyone who come to Him with a true and repentant heart. All believers who claim to love Jesus would abandon the false doctrine of the catholic system. Just read the Bible and see the error of catholicism plainly.

    Please come to Jesus not to the pope.

    1. michael says:

      John 20: 21-23.

      Should we abandon the only apostolic church, who’s high priest is Jesus, in favor of your watered down version of Christianity, which you base on skewed self interpretation of Holy scripture?

      Your heresy has spawned an infinite sea of illegitimate churches, where confusion and disagreement reign supreme. The devil is the master of confusion.

      There are over 1 billion Catholics. That IS the Holy Spirit.

      No one worships the pope. He is simply the bishop of rome. Jesus is our Lord & Savior.

      Do you know what Church the authors of the New Testament Books belonged?????

      1. Love Never Fails says:

        Sons of thunder, put away your swords. Brothers and Sisters, we are all Christ’s beautiful bride. Jesus’ powerful life, death, and resurrection proves that he conquered sin and death for all humanity, once and For All. Love one another, accept the great gift, be born of water and the spirit, and go love and share the good news.

        1. DavidPun says:

          Jesus really had a way of hacking off those who were convinced that they had got it all right. Just remember the Pharisees! I don’t adhere to ANY church or particular denomination, because frankly, when I look at them and try to see even the palest shadow of the Jesus of the Bible, I’m left scratching my head in complete puzzlement. Also if Jesus was trying to communicate something as critical as our eternal salvation by communicating it to us in the Bible, I’ve got to say thats like a parent trying to teach their children about the critical things in life by passing them encrypted messages!
          My philosophy of religion is very simple. Try to convince someone by how I live, not by what I say.

  3. theresa downey says:

    not judging or opposing abortion left a void and then came Roe vs Wade. now Christians and catholics who want murder of babies to stop are being persecuted and then told not to focus on stopping abortion which is funded by our government. what a pity

  4. Dustin says:

    What you did to the least, you did to me!!!

  5. Anthony Makau says:

    I like the article.

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