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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  • Reine Rammage

    I found this article to be very enlightening for me. I am not Catholic, and I was raised by a Protestant father and a Jewish mother. As a young adult I have been seeking God and recently have had a strong interest in Catholicism. I have studied the scripture on my own and I became interested in Catholicism, because I recognized how they have steadfastly upheld biblical values. Yet, I also experienced love and humility in my experiences in visiting the Catholic church. I became very confused when I read an article about Pope Francis that seemed to imply his condoning or even support of gay marriage and abortion. Tom Hoope’s article has cleared up that confusion and reconciles my experience of Roman Catholicism with the teachings of the church. I know I still have a very limited understanding, but this has really brought clarity to that understanding. Thank you so much!

  • John Stefanyszyn

    “Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems,” Francis wrote.

    Jorge Bergoglio, you turn to your first belief and way of life….that of freedom of self-rights to defend the unborn child….because…
    This same “freedom of rights” also dictates that the Catholics are entitled to religious freedom.
    This same “freedom “ also dictates that the Muslims are entitled to the same religious freedom.
    This same “freedom” also dictates that the Jews are entitled to their religious freedom.
    This same “freedom” also dictates that the atheists are entitled to their belief freedom.
    This same “freedom” also dictates that the homosexuals are entitled to their “equal” freedom.
    This same “freedom” also dictates that the woman who wants an abortion is entitled to her freedom to do so….for she believes that it is right in her eyes to do so.

    Bergoglio, you embrace the same “freedom” that Adam and Eve embraced so as to to be free to “know”….to establish good and evil in their own eyes….for each to do what is right in their own eyes…..the same “freedom” that satan embraces so as to place his way above that of the One Creator.

    It is not “freedom of self-rights” that will protect the unborn child….but only love for the One and Only Creator and love for the other….as Christ, Son of the Only God, showed us.

    Note…Christ will rule the earth as the One King in power according to the Will of the Only Creator and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”.

    John Stefanyszyn
    …a bondman of the One Lord and King Jesus Christ.

  • Ben

    Wow now even the Pope is a supporter of “Grace Preaching”. Welcome to the 21st century guys glad you’ve made it.

    To the commit above, clearly you have a fleshly desire to point out the severity of the sin, “Standards need to be clear”. I think if your in love with Christ his standards become EXTREMELY clear. But when your in love with being right, you’ve just allowed a few standards to slip yourself, i.e. Pride, Condemnation, even hatred. If your pride prevents you from recognizing your own sin and changing it how can you love Christ? It’s now about your self-gratification to be right, and to make sure other people know it.

  • http://CityofSanJose Jose Salcido

    I 100% agree with this article. I will be posting it on Facebook and encourage my friends to read it. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Tom keep up the good work, you have the same talents of our Holy Father. How to express God’s desires for our world. God Bless!!!

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  • Crusader

    Ambiguity incites trouble.

    If a boss in an office announced to his employees that, “we need to stop talking so much about nit-picky issues like not taking 2-hour lunches or filling out your time cards, or playing games on your computer at work and instead, focus on just getting along.” What do you think would happen. Some people would carry on and do their job conscientiously, but others would use these vague remarkers to rationalize misbehavior.

    Leaders need to be clear. Standards need to be clear.

    • Ben

      I also wanted to say…
      To compare our salvation to keeping a Job is just ridiculous. Your premiss sadly is that we have to stop doing bad things to earn out “Job/Salvation” this is simply flat out false teaching and not the gospel.

      James 2:10-11 – “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in ONE POINT, he is
      guilty of all.”

      Good luck keeping that “Standard”.

      • Crusader

        It is not about me being right. Do you seriously want to belong to a Church that doesn’t care about standards? Anarchy is what the secular viewpoint is all about, as our last Pope stated, it’s the individual that individual choice can define what is sin and what is not. That is called law of the jungle, not Christianity.

        It’s one thing to commit sin and repent – that is one of the enduring principles of our faith – but to sin and claim it isn’t sin because I say it isn’t sin is a humanist point of view.

        • Denny Mathew

          hey mahn! Happy that you are too much conscious about the sins of the world. But first read and understand the above article well. Pope Francise has never said like doing abortion, contraception or gay marriage is not a sin!! Instead he meant that if someone is a gay or has done abortion, church won’t be keeping him away for anyone’s sake! It’s Jesus who told us to love everyone. Using the example of Christ and the Samaritan woman from the Bible, this article clearly tells us what he really meant. pope Francise really makes our way following no one else, but Jesus Christ the Son of God!!

          • PJ

            Turning a blink eye to sin of omission praising same sex act as positive and co habitation at Synod using mercy contradicts Gospels of Jesus. Commandments’ of God are clear



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