Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What the Pope is Really Saying

In a recent interview with Pope Francis which has been widely covered in the media he talks about his stance on homosexuality, and reproduction:
We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. ...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....The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
Pretty much he's saying, "Although we still believe that gays are condemned, people shouldn't get abortions, and no one should use contraceptives, and these are all still part of our doctrine, but we are going to focus on the things that don't make us look like we're complete assholes."

He has been praised much for trying to drive the church away from discussing these issues, but stopping all conversations on these things does not push the elephant out of the room.  They will continue to discriminate, continue to build hospitals and enforce their religious views on the doctors working there, and continue to cause poverty for the poor, and pain for the sick and the infirm.