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What does this mean, Pope Francis?

After reading "Pontiff Faults Church Focus on Dogma" (Sept. 20), the first question that popped into my Roman Catholic mind was, "What does this mean?" Isn't "dogma is to church" much the same as "print is to newspaper?" Apparently not!

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become the vicar of Christ (Jesuits, throughout church history, have been celebrated for their intellectualism and mistrusted for their, mostly political, machinations), was thus quoted in the article: "The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." I know ... what does this mean?

Well, it ain't a journalistic bungle, because Pope Francis personally reviewed the transcript of the interview that contained these two aporetic (in a philosophical sense) sentences.

Intent aside, liberal American Catholics increasingly envision real-world revisions in our church that reflect 21st-century societal norms: equality of the sexes, married clergy, the acceptance of divorce, homosexuality as a variation and not a deviation.

Pretty words will not result in the Roman Catholic Church becoming a "home for all" -- Pope Francis' words.

Mighty deeds are needed! A new Reformation beckons! Be the leader many Catholics pray for, Francis! Be Christ-like by challenging and changing the anachronistic church-imposed status quo.




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