The tea party “expert on everything” has once against blessed us all with her extensive knowledge. In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said of Pope Francis, “Having read through media outlets, he’s had some statements that to me sounded kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me.”
I’m almost sure she’s referencing the interview Pope Francis did where he called on the church to stop obsessing about “small-minded issues” such as contraceptives, abortion and gay marriage.
In the interview, Pope Francis said:
“We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.”
These comments followed his admission that he had been “reprimanded” by the church for not pushing their anti-abortion message more.
Or maybe she was talking about when Pope Francis said of gay priests, “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
While none of his comments have signaled a change in policies by the church toward any of these issues, Pope Francis’ thoughts have been seen by some as extremely refreshing to see a pope who seems to act like an actual Christian.
Except to people like Sarah Palin who apparently think he’s acting a little too “liberal.”
Funny how that works, isn’t it? A Pope makes comments that encourage the church to move beyond “small-minded” issues and focus more on helping people—and that means he’s acting “liberal.”
Let’s see, being a Christian means you try to live a life based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was a man who preached love, hope, acceptance, forgiveness—while living a life helping the poor and the needy.
Pope Francis might be the first pope who seems to actually be pushing the Catholic church toward many of these Christian principles supported by Jesus, and for that he’s acting “liberal.” As if that’s a bad thing.
Well, while Pope Francis isn’t perfect, I have been highly encouraged by his leadership thus far. I know any change that might come will be an extremely slow process — we are talking about the Vatican here — but it’s still nice to see a pope who seems to “get it” far more than many of his colleagues and predecessors. If people like Sarah Palin have a problem with that, too damn bad.
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