Staunch Catholics are having a hard time keeping up with previously set doctrines as the voice of the Vatican, Pope Francis – has for the last three years since his inauguration to the highest position in Catholic faith – continuously to enact change or slightly adjust them.
Among some of these doctrines include the non-negotiable “No abortion” policy which he gave the nod to in Catholic-living nations following the outbreak of Zika virus.
Zika virus causes pregnant women to give birth to babies with abnormalities.
Pope Francis visited Colombia this year and gave the nod for abortion to be committed on Catholic women who wanted it rather than giving birth to deformed babies.
The unshakable foundation of “no abortion, no matter what” sent shivers among the Catholic faith.
Pope Francis hasn’t only been called “liberal”, he has also been called “anti-conservative” as he sends a truckload of waves – if they can be meaured in trucks – again.
The Pope showed how “Liberal’ he was by giving crumbs of freedom to local priests to make decisions based on how it would benefit the Catholicians in that locality in his new Catholic writings.
For the past two years Pope Francis has been writing a major document titled “Amoris Laetitia” Latin for “The Joy of Love” as it focuses more on family values.
An apostolic exhortation, these document is extremely important in the Pope’s role as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
The document urges “church leaders to serve as nurturing pastors, not as rigid enforcers of doctrine”.
Controversial subjects such as if “divorced Catholics who remarry without having obtained annulments can receive holy communion” and “Debates over same-sex relationships” were also discussed.
So far “Bishops and other church officials have spent two tumultuous meetings at the Vatican, known as synods, debating and arguing” over the Pope’s real meaning in the “Amoris Laetitia” document.
Some scholars have had to self-examinate while following Francis’s guidance as his two-year reign has been compared to the Second Vatican Council.
Excerpts from the “Amoris Laetitia” Latin for “The Joy of Love”:
249. “Particular problems arise when persons in a complex marital situation wish to be baptized. These persons contracted a stable marriage at a time when at least one of them did not know the Christian faith. In such cases, bishops are called to exercise a pastoral discernment which is commensurate with their spiritual good”.
251. In discussing the dignity and mission of the family, the Synod Fathers observed that, “as for proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”. It is unacceptable “that local Churches should be subjected to pressure in this matter and that international bodies should make financial aid to poor countries dependent on the introduction of laws to establish ‘marriage’ between persons of the same sex”.
243. It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church. “They are not excommunicated” and they should not be treated as such, since they remain part of the ecclesiastical community.261 These situations “require careful discernment and respectful accompaniment.
250. We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided, particularly any form of aggression and violence. Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives.
In 2013, Pope Francis had talked about how the Catholic Church was obsessed with gays, abortion and birth control. He called out the Church for laying more emphasis on dogma rather than the basis of the Christian faith which is love.
His document has been received with mixed feelings. The Pope basically left it for individuals to draw their own conclusions without offending the Vatican,
What will the Pope be changing next?