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It was certainly encouraging last summer when the Pope said it wasn’t for him “to judge” gay persons. But his tolerant tone could ultimately ring hollow if he doesn’t renounce the church’s codified assertion that homosexuality is a “disorder” that Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, called an “intrinsic moral evil.”
The same holds for Francis’ desire to reform church administration. He has to see that there are darker concerns here than shoddy Vatican bookkeeping. Reformers say the church’s refusal to ordain women, and its insistence on priestly celibacy, has led to an insulated and overweening clerical culture whose default response to the pedophilia scandal was self-preservation and cover-up. To change that, they argue, the church needs to do more than put Mary on a pedestal; it needs to put her in priest’s vestments.
Yes, that will require courage as well as common sense. But Francis himself said that Catholic thinking doesn’t mean “only thinking with the hierarchy of the church.” That’s what we hoped to hear from a New World pope. And we hope to hear much more.
One man who is out to open many old "secrets" in the Catholic church is Pope Francis. Some of the beliefs that are held in the church but contrary to the loving nature of God are now being set aside by the Pope who was recently name The Man of The Year by TIME Magazine.....
In his latest revelations, Pope Francis said:
"Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”In a shocking speech that is reverberating across the world, Pope Francis declared that:
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