In a 3-part interview with Rev. Antonio Spadaro, an editor of a Jesuit journal based in Rome, Pope Francis discussed his vision of the church’s future, along with his plans on changing their image, attitude and focus.
Many think that changes and reforms can take place in a short time. I believe that we always need time to lay the foundations for real, effective change. This is the time of discernment.
“There is a brilliant letter by Father Arrupe to the Centers for Social Research and Action on poverty, in which he says clearly that one cannot speak of poverty if one does not experience poverty, with a direct connection to the places in which there is poverty.”
“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. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being.”
The church’s politics.
“The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.”
Women of the Church
In a statement that I wasn’t very fond of, the pope said the door is closed on women’s ordination.
He added this:
“The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed. The church cannot be herself without the woman and her role.”
Religion-based social issues.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”