In his own words: Pope Francis and 12 issuesLoading
  • California Church Abuse
    CLERGY ABUSE:

    Francis says punishing the priest is more important than protecting the church’s image.

    “We must never turn a blind eye. … I do not believe in taking positions that uphold a certain corporate spirit to avoid damaging the image of the institution. That solution was proposed once in the United States: they proposed switching the priests to a different parish. It is a stupid idea; that way, the priest just takes the problem with him wherever he goes.”

    Photo caption: Alleged clergy abuse victim Ken Smolka walks past the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels after a news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
  • 20070319 Bird bee
    SEX EDUCATION:

    Francis is for it, if done holistically, with love and not just sex in mind.

    “I think it should be done throughout the growth of children, adapted to each phase. … What happens now is many of those who raise the banner of sex education understand it as separate from the person’s humanity. So, instead of counting on a sexual education law for the entire person, for love, it’s reduced to a law for sex.”
    McAdam | MCT
  • 20000725 BIRTHCONT
    CONTRACEPTION:

    Francis thinks many Catholics are too obsessed about it.

    “I see in certain illustrious elite Christians a degradation of what’s religious. … they prefer to talk of sexual morality, of everything that has anything to do with sex. That in this case you can do it, that in the other you can’t. … We’ve left aside an incredibly rich catechism, the mysteries of faith and belief, and end up centering on whether or not to march against a proposed condom law.”
    Kurt Strazdins
  • 20061003 Broken heart
    Schmid | MCT
  • RB Women Priests
    ORDINATION OF WOMEN:

    Francis is against it, but says women have a maternal role vital to society.

    “If they’re not part of it, a religious community doesn’t only transform itself into a macho society, but also an austere one, hard and poorly respected. The fact that a woman can’t be a priest doesn’t mean they are lesser than the male. It’s more – in our conception, the Virgin Mary is above the apostles.”
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • Feminists In Flux
    FEMINISM:

    Francis has issues with it.

    “A philosophy of constant feminism doesn’t give the woman the dignity she deserves. … It runs the risk of becoming machismo in skirts.”
    AP
  • Britain Televised Suicide
    EUTHANASIA:

    Francis challenges the approach of many modern health care systems.

    Medicine should not “focus so much on whether someone lives three days more or two months more, but on assuring that the organism suffers as little as possible. One is not obligated to preserve life through extraordinary measures. This can go against the dignity of the person. Active euthanasia is something else – that’s killing."
    AP
  • Crystal Cathedral Cutbacks
    FUNDAMENTALISM:

    Francis says it warps and weakens the faithful.


    “The teacher who is so arrogant as to make decisions for the disciple is not a good priest, he’s a good dictator, an eraser of the religious personalities of others … this kind of religiosity, so rigid, wraps itself in doctrines that pretend to provide justifications, but in reality they deny liberty and don’t allow people to grow.”
    Damian Dovarganes | AP
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