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What do you think about the Pope's statement re: "small minded rules"?
September 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Pope Francis Wants Catholics to Stop Complaining About 'Small-Minded' Rules

by Maressa Brown

pope francisSteering clear of discussions about religion and politics if you want to avoid confrontation is age-old, sage advice, but keeping the peace may have just gotten easier. That's because Pope Francis' most recent statement is one many of us can agree on ...

Six months into his papacy, Francis has laid out his vision for the church and his priorities in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. The lengthy, in-depth discussion was published today in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S., and the biggest takeaway by far is the Pope's warning that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't dial down the stringent rules on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception. Whoa! And that's not all.

Pope Francis also emphasized what he believes is the need to make the church a more merciful, welcoming place for all. And he lamented his belief that "the church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules." He also addressed homosexuality specifically by saying:

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.

Wow! It's pretty groundbreaking that he's going there. Especially in light of the fact that some bishops in the U.S. have been voicing dismay that Francis hasn't been outspoken about abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. But while Francis acknowledged he had been "reprimanded" for not speaking out on those subject, he asserted that he doesn't have to and "we cannot insist only on" these controversial issues.

Sounds good to me! While it's sure to have some tongues wagging and tsk-ing, the messages Francis is sending sound reflective of more inclusion and compassion. Hopefully it's indicative of him looking to take the church a big humanitarian step forward.

What do you think about the Pope's controversial statement?


  • peanutsmommy1
    September 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM
    I am not catholic, but I agree with him 100%. The small minded attitudes are what turn people like myself off from organized religion
  • Lovemyshadows
    September 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I think he is in tune with the world today, and should be applauded.

  • ilovethebus
    September 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    The church cannot escape bible prophecy:  the church will "fall like a house of cards" regardless of the changes it wants to make.

  • Wicked.Jester
    September 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Meh....he still is concerned about what I do with my own uterus so I am less than impressed.

  • Wicked.Jester
    September 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    And I find it hysterical that something that is a mortal sin yesterday can not be a sin tomorrow.

    God gets a lot of shit wrong huh?  Changing his mind all the time.

  • ilovethebus
    September 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    God doesn't get anything wrong.  People just don't want to accept that God would actually disapprove of their lifestyle but he does.  His norms are very clear to all of humanity in his word.  It's up to us if we want to strive to meet them.  He understands we are imperfect but it's on thing to miss the mark, and quite another to live without any regard for God's norms.  It's our decision.

  • pinkcoffeecup
    September 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    The Pope is not saying things that are wrong.  Are now ok.  He is saying he loves everyone as a person. But does not accept the lifestyle or some things they do as ok. Hate the sin and not the sinner.

  • zboys
    by zboys
    September 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I don't know but I'm sure my parents will have something to say about it to me.  I'm no longer Catholic.

  • MamiJaAyla
    September 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I agree.  Often we has humans get stuck on the negative and its time to change the record.   etc. he's saying God loves everyone and forgiveness is with in everyones read.

  • calsmom62
    September 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM
    im sorry I missed early morning mass the day after it was announced. the little rosary society were likely all abuzz. would have been interesting to eavesdrop.

    Quoting zboys:

    I don't know but I'm sure my parents will have something to say about it to me.  I'm no longer Catholic.

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