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Pope says "We have to find a new balance" on issues concerning abortion, gay marriage and contraception

The new Pope has been getting much attention due to his unorthodox and progressive ways. So much so that even church skeptics are finding his efforts for people to view the current church leadership in a positive light - hard to resist. 

In a recent interview published in the New York Times, the Pope said that the Roman Catholic Church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. “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,” he said.

In our own country, the CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) has greatly alienated the citizenry with hateful tactics directed at state related issues like the RH Law, divorce and gay rights. Classic example of this is the inclusion of their politics and the spewing of misinformation in church homily to advance the CBCP's effort to take away the freedom of choice among Filipino women and families in planning for a home that they can provide for. 

Another example is the CBCP's drive to exclude the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) from those protected under the Anti-Discrimination Bill when it was filed in 2011. The bill was created to penalize all forms of discrimination. Fearing that the Anti-Discrimination Bill would eventually lead to the legalization of Gay Unions in the country, CBCP lawyer Jo Imbong said that the LGBT should not be considered the same as the elderly, the handicapped, and the poor. “These people are disadvantaged not by their own choice. But the third sex, they choose this. How can you give protection to a choice like that?” (Source)

As if directly addressing such bigotry within his own church, the Pope said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

Dale Bacar
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