Pope Francis has voiced his concern on some issues focused on by the Catholic church. In an interview conducted last month by the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, the pope didn’t shy away from his belief that the church is focusing too much on the issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception. As the Associated Press reports on September 19, Pope Francis wants Catholics to find a “new balance” to deliver a message on these issues.
In the interview, Pope Francis did touch on a wide range of topics. Although he didn’t suggest any changes in the church doctrine, he does realize the teachings of the church need to be revamped and must transcend their focus to issues beyond same-sex marriage and abortion.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to about about them in a context. 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.”
He feels that an obsessive over these issues and a failure to “find a new balance” in delivering messages in a more “missionary style” will lead to the church eventually crumbling. He feels the church should be a comfort place for all and a place where the faithful should be able to come to heal.
As far as homosexuality, he feels it is not his place to approve, but more to consider the existence of each individual person:
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘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.”