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

  1. Ramona Lopez says:

    My concern about the abortion issue is that Christians are asked to pay for the abortions that women are having performed after they decide, oops! I don’t want to HAVE THIS BABY MY CAREER IS MORE IMPORTANT. WHAT DOES THE POPE SAY ABOUT THAT?

  2. joe says:

    God has given us ears to hear…so we might hear…and eyes to see …so we might see…Thank you LORD for these gifts that you have given me and that they all function so well…
    I know that this “mouth” that YOU have given me and to man”kind” is a great gift also. I know that when you gave it to me so I might eat, and breath, an speak that it was not a mistake…

    Please LORD know that i am not questioning your devine providence BUT I can not help wondering if you might ever regret that you did not build in to humanity a “Fail Safe” that would not alow us to speak or (use a key board) with out thinking first…WWJS…What Would Jesus Say” or that He might have built in a “fail safe that would not allow us to “speak” with out first considering HiS wish that we love first before we speak.

  3. kate says:

    How interesting it is that after 2000 years, the bible is interpreted so differently by all of us who read it. WHY IS THAT…?

  4. M.A says:

    Catholicism is not the way to actually find love and humility because not all of the Catholic Churches have that and they don’t follow all that the scriptures because most of them don’t even read the scripture they don’t do what they preach outside they party or do things that are against God it’s the sin nature but not all of them are like that and there’s the idol worship they made God into an idol they also think Mary is the queen of heaven but only certain catholic denominations
    Exodus 20
    3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
    4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
    5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

    1. JP says:

      You have no idea what you’re talking about. Seriously. There is nothing, absolutely nothing in the Sacred Scripture that refutes any Catholic teaching. Nothing. The problem is with you,actually. I don’t mean that derogatorily either. Every single teaching in the Scripture supports what the Church teaches either implicitly or explicitly.

    2. Nan says:

      Seriously? Where do you suppose the Bible came from if not the Catholic church, the only Church Jesus founded. The Apostles wrote and it was codified into what we now know as the Bible; note that the King James version has many translation errors and that Martin luther threw out the parts he didn’t like.

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