Remember when Jesus shook up the world, challenged the Rabbi's and the teachings of Judaism with the simple concept that Love rules the world? The outcome was not good for Jesus, but GREAT for the rest of the world. Read this and then consider what a sea change the new Pope's comments are in a world focused on things other than love.
Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.
His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” — which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church. [NY Times]
These comments will no doubt be disconcerting to those driven by dogma, but to those inspired by love, they come as a breath of fresh air.
"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" Matthew 7:2-4