A Subtle but Important Shift by Pope Francis

In his short reign, Pope Francis has developed a reputation for frugality and humility in accordance with his commitment to a Catholic Church of and for the poor. He prefers a wooden chair above the ornate papal throne, plain vestments and an ordinary vehicle.  What does his frugality have in common with his views on the place of sexual morality?  Quite a lot, it seems.
In an extensive interview given to the Jesuit magazineAmerica, Pope Francis makes the point that there is simply too much emphasis within the Church on questions of sexual ethics, including homosexuality, abortion and contraception.  A more frugal, less obsessive approach would be in order, he suggests.
Pope Francis is not so much challenging Church orthodoxies on morality and sexual ethics as he is urging a shift in emphasis from sex to more pressing concerns such as poverty. 
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Photo: Pope Francis waves as he arrives to Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013. © 2013 Reuters

A Subtle but Important Shift by Pope Francis

In his short reign, Pope Francis has developed a reputation for frugality and humility in accordance with his commitment to a Catholic Church of and for the poor. He prefers a wooden chair above the ornate papal throne, plain vestments and an ordinary vehicle.  What does his frugality have in common with his views on the place of sexual morality?  Quite a lot, it seems.

In an extensive interview given to the Jesuit magazineAmerica, Pope Francis makes the point that there is simply too much emphasis within the Church on questions of sexual ethics, including homosexuality, abortion and contraception.  A more frugal, less obsessive approach would be in order, he suggests.

Pope Francis is not so much challenging Church orthodoxies on morality and sexual ethics as he is urging a shift in emphasis from sex to more pressing concerns such as poverty. 

Read more.

Photo: Pope Francis waves as he arrives to Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013. © 2013 Reuters