Catholics around the globe are expressing mixed but mostly positive reactions to Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on “small-minded rules” on hot-button issues like homosexuality and abortion.
Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
During a lengthy interview with America magazine, Pope Francis made several comments about homosexuality, following the headline-grabbing statements he made on the subject earlier this year.
In an historical move, Pope Francis made a comment that supports homosexuality in the priesthood, stating that he will not judge clergy members for their sexual pasts.
Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.
Speaking to Jewish leaders for the first time as pope, Francis said that true Christians cannot hold anti-Semitic sentiments due to the intertwined history of the two faiths.
Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the “cult of money” that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.
Washington’s Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has celebrated his first Mass since returning home from Rome for the papal conclave.
Washington’s Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has returned from Rome, where he took part in the papal conclave.
Catholics in Washington attended a local Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis.