Our view: Preach, Pope Francis

DKS Editors

In his first six months as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has stirred much debate about his progressive views on today’s hot-button social issues. He made headlines again Thursday when he called the Catholic Church “obsessed” with abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

In an interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit magazine, Francis said, “the Church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.” This thinking aligns with previous statements made by Francis, who many consider one of the most controversial contemporary popes for his modern social ideas.

Six months into his papacy, Francis has already gone against centuries of tradition by giving up his security detail, condemning the mafia and blessing female prisoners of mixed faith. While his actions anger traditionalists, we applaud Francis for his contemporary perspective and presence in global debates and issues.

Francis said in his interview that he suspects the Catholic Church will fall like “a house of cards” if its priests and followers do not begin to open their minds and become more accepting of all of God’s children. Despite refusing to comment any further on this “obsession,” he said he feels it’s time the Church begins to focus on God and His teachings as opposed to the politics of religion.

We think this is admirable in a world where people are quick to judge and quick to hate. No matter your religious beliefs or lack thereof, there’s something to be said for believing in the good of humanity and striving for it even when it is unpopular.

It’s refreshing to see one of the world’s most influential institutions mindful of its role.

Can we get an amen?

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.