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

  • TamiT

    The Catholic Church is not in decline. The Church is merely reminding it’s members to act like true Catholics. And when I say “true” Catholics I mean more than just saying they are Catholic. ACTING as the Church teaches them to. I’m appalled at all the people in the world that claim to be Catholic yet don’t follow Church teaching. Absolutely ridiculous. I think Pope Francis rocks.

  • Ivy Cavalier, Jr.

    My fellow humans;
    Pope Francis has not “stopped the fight against abortion”, neither has he stopped or eluded to any idea of stopping to teach church beliefs! Read carefully what he says. Don’t be a part of the miscommunication that puts out false information. He clearly states that he is speaking and preaching what the church teaches and directly states that he is teaching what Jesus Christ taught. He is asking for compassion and love to rule our decisions, while teaching what Jesus taught about sin. If you don’t know the story of the woman at the well, I suggest you read it and see how Jesus handles this situation.
    Peace in Christ to you

  • Paul H.

    The old Republican “Catholic” Vote spin! spin! spin! cycle. LOL. You all are too much. Feel free to ignore what Papa Frank said and insert your own wishful thinking. Lord knows you do it anyway.

  • therain

    The Catholic church is in decline.

    After the failure of the Catholic Church to stop the evil that is obama in the last election, it is pretty much worthless.

    Now we’re stopping the fight on abortion?

    Catholics need to stand up and fight!

  • therain

    The Catholic church is in decline.

    After the failure of the Catholic Church to stop the evil that is obama in the last election, it is pretty much worthless.

    Now we’re stopping the fight on abortion?

    Catholics: GROW A PAIR!

    • César

      Wow. You are missing the point entirely, aren’t you?

    • Tami

      We’re not stopping the fight, we’re addressing what matters … the people in the struggle. It doesn’t help when you don’t actually read what the Pope said.

    • eric

      therain, your approach regarding Obama didn’t work and you admit that. Why are you questioning a different approach as Pope Francis suggests? He views a bigger picture over time by using compassion, just as Jesus did.

  • Beth

    He is saying to love the person and not to judge. But not speaking about these issues, or ignoring them, is certainly not going to help Stop them. I like our pope, he is a people person, but he should not stop teaching our Church beliefs, dogma, doctrine, commandments. OR, we will soon be just like any other denomination…



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