Interview with Pope Francis: Catholic Church Should Be a “Home for All”

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In his first extensive interview, Pope Francis warned that the Catholic Church needs a new balance with less emphasis on opposing abortion, gay marriage, and contraception and more on proclaiming “the saving love of God” and the church as a “home for all.” The pope also said he had been asked whether he approved of homosexuality. He replied, “When God looks at a gay person does he endorse the existence of this person with love?” The pope continued, “We must always consider the person.” The interview was published this week in several Jesuit journals, including America magazine.

  • Kimberlee

    I am not Catholic though I have a long family history in the faith. I applaud Pope Francis’ frank discussion of many issues which I think have in the past caused feelings of distance and alienation for some of the Catholic faithful. God bless his efforts, and may the Holy Spirit confirm him.

    “…the Holy Spirit is the energizing factor in the life of man. Whosoever receives this power is able to influence all with whom he comes into contact. … The difference between spiritual philosophers and others is shown by their lives. The Spiritual Teacher shows His belief in His own teaching, by Himself being what He recommends to others. An humble man without learning, but filled with the Holy Spirit, is more powerful than the most nobly-born profound scholar without that inspiration. …The life and morals of a spiritual man are, in themselves, an education to those who know him.” – from Paris Talks, 1912 (Baha’i Writings)