“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said. “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.”
These are the words that have sent shockwaves across the Internet for their profundity and progressiveness. Seemingly every news outlet in the United States has covered the “ground-breaking” words of Pope Francis, but are we really paying attention to what he said?
At first glance, it’s not surprising that the Pope’s statement would impress much of the world. After all, his predecessor was proudly evil. At this point, the fact that Pope Francis hasn’t outwardly defended pedophiles makes him look a saint. But if we extract Francis’s words from the context of the Catholic church and view them against what should be expected of any decent human being, Pope Francis still falls short of being admirable.
Had the Pope said that the Catholic church should embrace gay priests (male and female) and marriage equality, that would be notable. Had he acknowledged that comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives were important sexual health and started fighting for these programs, that would have been notable. Had he condemned the lies the church has spread regarding abortion and started campaigning for bodily autonomy, that would have been notable.
All the Pope said was that the church shouldn’t focus solely on those issues.
Talk about a game-changer.
The Pope also confirmed that he remains on the wrong side of those issues – at the end of the aforementioned quote and then again in a statement he issued on Saturday.
Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Sorry everyone – Pope Francis isn’t the liberal revolutionary the media is making him out to be. Just another peddler of hateful Catholic doctrine.