Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm
Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday.
“The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica and who conducted the wide-ranging interview which has already garnered international attention.
“When he talked about these kind of topics, he said (that) what the Church has to spread is the message of the Gospel. This is the first one, the message of salvation. This message can reach anyone, most of all sinners. This is a different vision,” Fr. Spadaro told CNA Sept. 20.
He added that “what the Pope has in mind, in my opinion, was just to explain what the Gospel is. I got so many messages from people from outside the Church who said ‘I am very deeply moved now by the Gospel. I need to read the Gospel.’ This is the big effect, this is what the Pope had in mind.”
Pope Francis, in his interview published Sept. 19, said a sole insistence on issues related to abortion and other moral issues is not possible. This would not be the fullness of the Gospel, but rather a “disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”
Fr. Spadaro said Pope Francis was not saying “something against anyone.”
“I don’t have to interpret the Pope. The words are there. It’s absolutely clear. He said, ‘I am a son of the Church.’” …
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