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:
“All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”
In the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in the Vatican City, in discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962.
Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” The Third Vatican Council concluded with Pope Francis announcing that... Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”
One statement in the Pope’s speech has sent traditionalists into a fit of confusion and hysteria...
“God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it. The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture. In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!” A few cardinals in the Catholic church are against Pope Francis' latest declarations. Watch out for the report.