irst we learned that Pope Francis said that an atheist could get to heaven as long as he followed his conscience. Who needs the pope, priests, the church, or anything religious if all a person needs is Jiminy Cricket to get to heaven?
Now Pope Francis is saying that some of the church’s other priorities may be confused:
“Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to dominate its teachings, but must be a more welcoming Church where priests are understanding pastors and not cold, dogmatic bureaucrats.
“In a dramatically blunt interview with Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit monthly, Francis said the Church had locked itself up in ‘small things, in small-minded rules.’ It must find a new balance between upholding rules and demonstrating mercy, ‘otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards…’”