Pope Francis seems to veer from the orthodox path of Catholic doctrine as he believes one faith should fit all. Francis was asked if he approves of homosexuality and he states, Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. Francis’s tone is opposite of his previous statement made jointly with Pope Benedict XVI where both had reaffirmed the Church’s opposition to gay marriage.
Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, interviewed Francis, who had candidly offered his opinion on the matter of gay marriage. Francis discussed how imbalanced the Church is on “moral teachings” and the often obsessed focus on LGBT matters and he expressed his hope for a new and balanced proposition of the Gospel – a gospel that he believes should be shared as one faith that can fit all.
Early this morning Francis welcomed new bishops, who came from different parts of the world and praised them to reinvigorate their guidance over their “flocks.” Later, he expressed a spiritual campaign to the bishops in an intimate gathering of other members of the Church. He discussed the issues of a “spiritual adultery” as he sees the problem of men in the Church and how “ambitious” men of the Church can be, cautioning the “spirit of careerism.” He then expressed his issues towards “airport bishops,” which may be interpreted as an affirmation of acceptance of the LGBT community.
As Francis was aboard the papal airplane, he had expressed his support for gay priests by stating that he will not judge a priest by his sexual orientation. However, experts from the Vatican hastily explained that, though Francis’s compassion towards the LGBT is authentic, he is still unwavering of his beliefs in the Catholic Church.
The pope’s reflections on the Church’s doctrine is steadfast as he is not changing or stamping out the orthodox Catholic belief – he is simply reaffirming his love and compassion to all who seek guidance from the Catholic Church. His style is well accepted by all who approach him as he is engaging and has turned into quite the celebrity. His trip to Brazil proves his popularity, even among the younger generation as more than one million people of all ages gathered on Copacabana Beach for an eventful Mass on Sunday. People camped out on the beach to catch glimpses of the pope who, at one event, encouraged dancing on stage to the beat of mainstream music.
People believe that the Pope is continually “renewing” the Church by leading with compassion and not solely by doctrine. In the same sentiment, much of the Pope’s vision for the Church is that which continues the notion of one faith that he envisions “fits all.”
Written by: Dianna Coudriet