I distrust the word Christian as an adjective; it has become less an adjective than a label, separating those who call themselves Christian from the rest of the world. How can those who would follow Christ assume that they are more beloved of the Creator than any other part of his creation, when God created everything, and saw that it was good? And if God created man in his own image, male and females then all, all of humankind is part of that image, known or unknown, served or betrayed, accepted or denied. God loves every man, songs the psalmist. Perhaps it is more blessed to be aware of our part in the Image than not, but Jesus made it very clear that sometimes it is those who are least aware of it who serve the image best.
- Madeleine L’Engle (via hislivingpoetry)
Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.
- Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source (via shortformblog)
The thing is, he never claimed not to be pro-life. He’s not in any way, shape or form advocating for a change in church doctrine re: the sanctity of life and anyone who was interpreting his interview as suggesting THAT needs to share whatever they’re smoking with me.
What he has said, consistently, is that the focus of the Church needs to be less on politics and more on doing Christ’s work. Helping the poor, the sick, the downtrodden and suffering, spreading the light of Christ’s love.
The Church is not quick to change, and even if it were those are not the changes you can expect to see in this lifetime, or even ten. But Pope Francis more than anyone the modern era, including John Paul, is doing his level best to return the Church to the core values, beliefs, and commitments that underscore what it means to be Christian. Good for him. The less hate from the pulpit, from the Vatican, the better.