Headlines are blaring this morning about a comment the Pope made Sunday at a press conference held during his return flight from an apostolic voyage to Armenia which he said that Christians must apologize to gay people. But, as usual, many news agencies are choosing to leave out the rest of his statement in order to bolster their own agendas.
Pope Francis delivered a powerful homily at morning Mass in which he denounced modern day “leeches” – those who take advantage of unemployment desperation to offer workers subpar working conditions without health insurance or pensions – calling this “civilized trafficking” and warning the faithful to develop a “correct relationship” with money.
During a morning Mass celebrated in Santa Marta this week, Pope Francis warned the faithful to avoid becoming a mummified, vagabond, half-way, or stubborn Christian who gets lost along the way of following Christ.
Don’t say one thing and do another, Pope Francis warned Christians during a recent homily, and urged them to stand strong against the “never ending temptation” to “walk with one foot in the light and the other in darkness.”
While presiding over a Jubilee Mass for Teens in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a profoundly beautiful homily on love, calling it the “Christian’s identity card” and the path to the kind of happiness that can’t be bought – or found on a smartphone app!
On his way back to Rome from a visit to Lesbos on April 16, Pope Francis gave his usual glib answers to a variety of questions from reporters during an inflight press conference, including communion for the divorced and remarried, immigration, and why he chose to bring three Muslim refugee families back to Italy rather than Christians.
In his new exhortation on marriage and family, Pope Francis is adamant about how children should be taught to “accept their own body as it was created” and to avoid the pretension of cancelling out sexual difference “because one no longer knows how to deal with it.”
Even though some of the passages in the Pope’s new exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), are somewhat unclear and area already being distorted by the mainstream media, Catholics should read the document for themselves with the understanding that no Church teaching has been changed.