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In a recent interview with Italian Journalist Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis speaks of new reforms he hopes the Catholic Church will be able to make in order to adapt to the times. With the main focus’ of Francis’ interview being on homosexuals and women in the church this article is likely to anger some however the hope of Francis is that his message will be accepted by the members of his church and seen as strong reasoning for reform and acceptance within the church. In addition to these major topics the interview also talks more about the direction Francis wishes to take the church in and his reasoning for the reform. Unless a new balance is found within the church Francis says “the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.” Coming from the leader of the entire Catholic Church, this shows the urgency of change in order to save the future of the Catholic Church.
One of the pope’s biggest current issues is the state of women within the church. The pope feels that women need have a larger role on key decisions the church makes. He urges that it is essential for the female voice to be heard on major church decisions and gives the example of Mary, a woman who is of far more importance than the bishops. This integration of women in to key roles within the church will be a process that takes time however it is essential for the church to change and adapt to the times.
Another one of the pope’s key issues he addresses is that of homosexuals and other people who, in the past, have been condemned by the church such as divorcees or women who have had abortions. The pope is quoted on this issue saying “I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’, because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this.” He also talks about how god accompanies people regardless of their sins and as such the church should do the same. The pope even admits to his own faults saying “I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.” The pope shows awareness that all humans sin and as god accepts and forgive those who sin, the pope wishes for the church to be able to accept as well.
In addition to the two major issues the pope addresses in his interview he also speaks on his role in the church since his papacy began six months ago, as this has been such a short time he knows this reform within the church will take time but he realizes it is a necessary step for the church to take. He talks about how it is the role of the church to act as a healer to the people that need it, “to warm the hearts of the faithful.” The pope hopes for this to be accomplished with help from the Catholic population with “audacity and courage” to help drive this movement within the church.
This interview shows the head of the Catholic Church aiming to make great strides towards acceptance and healing within the church as well as great reform that will strengthen the core of the church for years to come.
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