Year in Review: Church Teachings that Pope Francis has changed


pope frankIt’s been a year since Pope Francis was elected, and what a year it has been.

First, he said “who am I to judge?” and then…well, he’s in sharp contrast to his predecessors and…um…he’s ushering in a new age of tolerance, and uh…let’s see, what else did that AP article say…?

Whatever.  The point is, no more mean Church with doctrine and morality and stuff.  Pope Francis is changing all those old, rigid teachings.  It’s like a dream come true.

So let’s review the teachings of the Church that Pope Francis has changed.











That was fun.

Check back next year – and keep right on dreaming!



Categories:Pope Francis

  • Constance

    It is interesting to read the comments that are generated from an article that says, well, nothing. I believe people can find something to argue about even when it is about, well, nothing. Somewhat humorous and yet somewhat sad.

  • Steve

    Yes, its been an incredible year! For Lutherans: “The Protest is over” For Evangelicals: “We are all catholic now” For Muslims: “Seek God in the Quran” For Atheists: “Do good works and I’ll see you there” Yes, he loves everyone and they love him: GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Advocate, Time Magazine..Yes the most popular man in the world, who loves all, except those who are considered Traditional Catholics….we are the problem. Lets watch the comments now.

  • suezpin

    I’m afraid some of my fellow faithful don’t have a firm grip on satire. It’s okay to be funny.

    • Panda Rosa

      No. No, it’s not okay to be funny, not about something like this, not under any circumstance whatsoever. Just no. This is sacrosanct. Vox populi, so therefore vox dei, and any disagreements means on all our heads be it.

  • Sean

    Oh that was golden, just golden!

  • Dolorosa
    • ML

      The covenant that God made with the Jews wasn’t revoked, but fulfilled, by the coming of Christ.

  • jmyers078

    It’s such great fun to watch conservative Catholics claim, as if with great pride, that the Pope has not changed any Catholic teachings in his first year. This, in their feverish attempt to minimize his effect, implies that he could change church teachings at will. He can’t, anymore than a new president could unilaterally add provisions to the Constitution. The Church, and its constitution doesn’t operate that way. But that doesn’t support the contention that the Pope’s relative “progressiveness” has only cosmetic effect. His effect is deep, and with every passing week of his papacy grows more substantial. And here is why: With every passing week he is reshaping the Church by changing personnel: appointing progressive bishops, turning over the episcopacy, clearing out conservative Curia officials and a hundred other weekly decisions that gain no public notice. One year in, these changes are small and unnoticeable. In two years, they will be mildly apparent. In five, they will seem extraordinary. In ten, they will change the governance and character of the Church.

    The pope’s affect on the Church will begin to feel like a president’s affect on the federal judiciary; the longer his term, the more profound the change. And unlike a president, whose changes in the political and philosophic character of the judiciary begin to be rolled back with a successor of the opposing party, a progressive pope’s changes to the episcopacy have rimple effect for decades and even centuries because the men he appoints will make the future appointments. And a president’s appointments to the federal bench are tempered by the composition of the Senate. Not true of the papacy. Who he makes bishops and cardinals are his choice alone.

    So hang on to your hats. Change is going to become more and more apparent as the Jesuit papacy continues….

    • Dan

      Let’s not forget that the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.

      Look at the Old Testament and you’ll notice that the Jews went off the rails time and time again…

      God brought them back… He’ll bring us back…

      Look at the means of how he brought them back… That will give you an insight into what we might face.

      In the Immaculate

    • Chris D.

      What do you mean by “conservative?” I don’t think that it downplays his effect at all, rather that it’s poking fun at people who think he can change doctrine and acknowledging that ecclesial change occurs as other than doctrinal alterations.

    • Dan

      You’re kind of working both sides of the street here.

      The Pope cannot change Church teachings. Neither ‘conservative’ nor ‘progressive’ Popes can do it.

      So, what apparent “change” should I “hang on to my hat” for?

    • Daniel

      Well his appointments in the Diocese of Rochester and Albany are hardly left wingers, Ditto Card. Wuerl to the Cong. of Bishops is neutral, Card. Ouellet is pretty conservative and he is a Francis appointee, Card. Pell likewise is being called to Rome – most would describe him as a conservative. He maintained Card. Levada at his post (a protege’ of B16) so I simply do not get this wave of change. Every appointment will be retired or deceased in 10 years. That is simply the way of the Church.

      He will simplify things. This is necessary. He will try to curb careerism. This could be a “change”.

      Francis is true to the Church and the Gospel. He discerns in a S.J. fashion – by intense listening to all sides. This worries (some) people and causes the tea leaf readers to get sweaty palms. But he can not change what most progressives want because married priests, softening the teaching on divorce, etc. have been proved failures in the protestant communities across the street and this he will easily discern.

      Is his approach fresh? Yep. Is his perspective new? Yep.

      Is there going to be major changes? Not really because there is little he can change.

      The greatest change is this – the Francis effect – evangelization via Gospel charity. Speaking of the love of Christ prior to the dogma of the Church. This does not dilute or change anything but it places it in the correct perspective.

    • SeanF

      It’s my understanding that conservative Catholics are aware of the unchangeability (please pretend it’s a real word, because you know what I mean) of Catholic teaching. They (we) only bring up his not changing anything to point out both the unchangeability of the teachings and the actual possibility of simultaneously embracing orthodoxy and charity. I’ve not seen any conservative Catholics who desire to diminish Pope Francis’ influence or to convince people that the Holy Father has less influence than we are hearing about. We pretty much love the man. Your “feverish attempt” jmyers, could only be in your mind.

    • Eric Johnson

      jmyers078, great summary of the philosophic changes being put into place by the new Pope. Let’s hope the ultra-conservative minions don’t thwart his much needed touch. So far, so good.

    • Antonio A. Badilla

      I presume you know who John Allen is, right? He just said at the Congress of Religious Ed that the media and those who expect the Church to change her teachings, are simply misreading the Pope. Because a Pope emphasizes the pastoral approach to problems, does not mean he is going to change any moral teachings. And guess what? He has no power to do so EVEN if he wanted to do so.

    • Constance

      Why do so many of you forget that this is God’s church. If God is who we say and believe He is, do you believe that God is going to allow His church to be destroyed? God is almighty, omnipotent, and all knowing. He will not let His sheep be slaughtered by the devil. So, while we should do everything we can to make this world a better place so that God finds us not lacking in devotion, I believe we have nothing to fear with those who would try to turn God’s church away from Him.



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