Pope criticizes church emphasis on abortion, gays

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Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. Full Story
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#4 Sep 20, 2013
Husker Du wrote:
In the previous paragraph, he speaks about “the sanctity of the militant church.” In the same paragraph where he mentions “small chapel,” he cites the “negative behavior” of priests and nuns, saying their conduct is that of an “unfruitful bachelor” and a “spinster.” He did not say what the Times attributed to him.
Ah, I see. So this new pope only considers men to be valuable to the church if they are married and/or "fruitful?" He only considers women to be valuable to the church if they are married and popping out kids? That's certainly the impression he conveys with his idiotic "unfruitful bachelor" and "spinster" remark.

If this guy is trying to convince people that the Catholic Church is less oppressive than it was under the former pope, he should quit while he's behind. I'm still glad I kicked the toxic baggage of Catholicism to the curb over 25 years ago. No way am I going to trade the pleasures of secularist FREEDOM for the miseries of church-based oppression.

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