There really is so much biased reporting, and this is filtering down to the people in the pews. The whole transcript can be found on Zenit in two parts; Part 1 and Part 2 and it makes for very interesting reading, especially when reading ‘spin’ journalists that take bits they like, and reject bits they do not like in the Pope’s talk. For instance, The Guardian reports, The Pope Signals Openness towards Gay Priests. This is NOT what he said, he said that “he could not judge them” and then referred to the Catechism. Even the Guardian article did state the “catechism however, also teaches that, “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”. Francis’ concern seemed to show the attitude of the Church that is Divine Mercy. The important point made by Pope Francis is his statement on his own beliefs, “That of the Church. I am a child of the Church.”
Abortion & Homosexual Marriage
The Church has already expressed herself perfectly on this. It wasn’t necessary to go back to this, nor did I speak about fraud or lies or other things, on which the Church has a clear doctrine.
But it’s an issue that interests young people …
Yes, but it wasn’t necessary to talk about that, but about positive things that open the way to youngsters, isn’t that so? Moreover, young people know perfectly well what the position of the Church is.
What is the position of Your Holiness, can you tell us?
That of the Church. I’m a child of the Church.
If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in such a beautiful way, it says, Wait a bit, as is said and says: “these persons must not be marginalized because of this; they must be integrated in society….
The problem is the lobbying of this tendency:
Pope Francis also spoke on women’s ordination stating the issue is closed, the Church has spoken, and John Paul II issued a definitive statement stating that women cannot be ordained.
I would like to explain a bit what I said on the participation of women in the Church: it can’t be limited to being altar servers or presidents of Caritas, catechists … No! It must be more, but profoundly more! Even mystically more, with what I’ve said of the theology of woman. And, with reference to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and she said : “No.” John Paul II said it, but with a definitive formulation. That is closed, that door is closed, but I’d like to say something about this. I’ve said it, but I repeat it. Our Lady, Mary, was more important than the Apostles, than bishops, deacons and priests. In the Church, woman is more important than bishops and priests; how, it’s what we must seek to make more explicit, because theological explicitness about this is lacking. Thank you.
The pope did speak on the problem of divorced persons, “Cardinal Quarracino, my predecessor, said that for him half of all marriages are null. Why did he say this? Because they get married without maturity, they marry without remembering that it’s for the whole of life, or they marry because socially they must marry. And the matrimonial ministry also comes into this. ”
Sacraments of Divorced Persons:
With reference to the problem of Communion, it’s not a problem, but when they are in a second union, they can’t. I think that it’s necessary to look at this in the totality of matrimonial ministry. And because of this it’s a problem. But also –a parenthesis – the Orthodox have a different practice. They follow the theology of the economy, as we call it, and give a second possibility, they allow it. But I think this problem – I close the parenthesis – must be studied in the framework of matrimonial ministry…
Fifteen days ago, the secretary of the Synod of Bishops was with me, for the topic of the next Synod. It was an anthropological topic, but speaking and speaking again, going and returning, we saw this anthropological topic: how faith helps the planning of the person, but in the family, and to go, therefore, to matrimonial ministry. We are on the way for a somewhat profound matrimonial ministry. And this is everyone’s problem, because there are so many, no? For instance, I’ll mention only one: Cardinal Quarracino, my predecessor, said that for him half of all marriages are null. Why did he say this? Because they get married without maturity, they marry without remembering that it’s for the whole of life, or they marry because socially they must marry. And the matrimonial ministry also comes into this. And also the judicial problem of the nullity of marriages, this must be reviewed, because the Ecclesiastical Tribunals are not enough for this. The problem of the matrimonial ministry is complex.
One of the major problems for the Church, and for the Pope are lobby groups, or what I call “Catholics for …”
The problem is the lobbying of this tendency [homosexuality] lobby of the avaricious, lobby of politicians, lobby of Masons, so many lobbies. This, for me, is the more serious problem.
We have to get the message out that there is nothing new in the teaching of the Pope, but a different way of expression, a more conciliatory way, a merciful way, a way of speaking to people that is open and honest, but which starts from where the Pope starts when asked about his opinion, “That of the Church. I’m a child of the Church.”