Pope warns church must find new balance or fail

Pope Francis says greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all
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First Published: Thu, Sep 19 2013. 09 13 PM IST
Pope Francis says the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis says the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Photo: Reuters
Vatican City: Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in remarkably candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine.
It was published simultaneously on Thursday in other Jesuit journals, including America magazine in the US.
In the 12,000-word article, Francis expands on his ground-breaking comments over the summer about gays and acknowledges some of his own faults.
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