Everyday people have to be encouraged by Pope Francis wanting the church to be less bombastic and more about a welcoming love that provides a “home for all.”
“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” he said in a lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.”
Pope Francis has headed the Catholic Church for six months. He has taken a dramatic turn toward inclusiveness and pulled away from the path of his predecessors, who defended the doctrine and dogma of the church.
In the interview, Pope Francis said: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”
Pope Francis was just as understanding in his comments about women who have had abortions. He is taking the church on a WWJD, or walk with Jesus daily, path.
The change at the top is refreshing and should welcome people back into the church even if it riles some of the folks who run the parishes and occupy political offices while wrapping themselves in the traditions of the church.