For someone who, we are told, is obsessed with the simplicity and humility of Our Lord Jesus Christ and nothing but Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, His Holiness Pope Francis has a strange gift of making things a little more complicated than they need to be. If Our Lord had talked with the vague ambiguity of Francis, which, more and more, it appears, seems to give way to 'worldliness' or the 'spirit of the world', I have a feeling Our Lord could have lived to a ripe old age on Earth.
His full interview can be read here. Despite this series of 'apologetics' by Pope Francis ("I'm sorry I can't change the unpopular teachings, guys, but let's talk about the 'pastoral solutions' that translate as 'licences to sin'...") is it beyond the Successor of St Peter's wit, if he is to discuss the 'challenges of modern living' for Catholics, to mention the vocation to chastity to all Catholics who are not united in Holy Matrimony and to repeat, even quietly, that married couples are called by the Church to be open to the transmission of human life which can only take place licitly through natural, human reproduction?
That way, as well as going to Confession, the two homosexuals living together might think of fostering holy, brotherly love, rather than bonking each other. Those in irregular relationships might think of fostering chaste love, rather than imperiling their souls. Those who experience 'unwanted pregnancies' might think of keeping and nurturing the child, rather than destroying it by abortion or abortifacient contraception and 'emergency contraception'. Those using IVF treatment might consider abandoning it. Married couples, indeed, might think of being open to the gift of human life, rather than closing the door on the creative power which is His right in their marriage, in which the couple can have the privilege of co-operating.
Let us pray that His Holiness is laying the groundwork for that. If His Holiness the Pope does not teach truth and virtue, as well as mercy, to sinners, then some will begin to wonder whether His Holiness recommends The Lord of the World, not as a warning and consolation to the Church, but as an instruction manual.
The worrying thing, as we approach the Synod this year, is that, for Pope Francis, it would seem, dissent does not seem to be a thing greatly to be worried about, or perhaps does not even exist at all in the epoch, the moment, the age of Franciscan mercy.
"In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free." ~ Pope Benedict XVI
"Fraternal and open confrontations foster the growth of theological and pastoral thought. I'm not afraid of this; on the contrary, I seek it." ~ Pope Francis
So, its war over Ukraine and war over Truth at the same time!
"His wisdom is a gift of God." ~ Pope Francis on Pope Emeritus Benedict