For Immediate Release
Rainbow Sash Movement(RSM) Responds to Pope Francis recent interview in La Civilta Cattolica
Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S.
“The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently,” 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.”
Francis appears to putting out the welcome sign as opposed to Pope Benedict XVI and John Paul’s private club mentality. He recognizes that abortion, gay marriage and contraception are tearing the Church apart. This mentality was reflected when he said “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” he lamented. “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.”
While this recent interview is another positive step in setting a positive tone, the Rainbow Sash Movement believes we need now to see some action to throttle down the Church’s aggressive international war against Gay Marriage in particular and gay rights in general.
Many people have been abused by the Church; many were forced to leave the Church because of integrity. There is so much pain and alienation among Catholics today many are asking why they should stay and continue to be brutalized such as women and LGBT Catholics.
The Pope’s words will not bear any real fruit until he is willing to address the issues of sexism and homophobia in the Church under the mantle of clericalism.
The RSM is also calling the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to stop its aggressive opposition to gay marriage. Finally, we are calling on Cardinal Dolan as President of the USCCB to make sure that the Pope’s tone is communicated to his fellow Bishops such as Cardinal Francis George of Chicago who is aggressively opposing Gay Marriage in Illinois.
RSM News Team