Pope Francis, in an extraordinary interview that electrified the Catholic world, said that the Roman Catholic Church had become unduly obsessed with condemning abortion, gay marriage, and contraception.
The church, he said, should emphasize compassion and mercy instead of “small-minded rules.”
“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 pope said in the 12,000-word interview, published by major Jesuit publications around the world, including the New York-based America magazine.
US bishops have put abortion, contraception, and gay marriage at the top of their public agenda, and some have openly criticized Francis for failing to speak out on abortion. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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