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Monday, September 23, 2013

How differently people hear Pope Francis' statements

I was amazed to hear on WLNS this morning that they thought from the various people that are Catholic that they interviewed, that Pope Francis' statements on social issues including the topic of homosexuality are interpreted in such different ways.  So many people just can't seem to understand and accept what he is saying, because he is being so gracious in what he is saying.  Same-sex sexual attractions are not a sin and all intimate same-sex sexual behavior is a sin.  And that we should love all people and not focus just on their sexuality. 

This is the interview article that they referenced today. 

Maybe this is the key reason for his perspectives and viewpoints:

I continue: “Holy Father, what made ​​you choose to enter the Society of Jesus? What struck you about the Jesuit order?” 
“I wanted something more. But I did not know what. I entered the diocesan seminary. I liked the Dominicans and I had Dominican friends. But then I chose the Society of Jesus, which I knew well because the seminary was entrusted to the Jesuits. Three things in particular struck me about the Society: the missionary spirit, community and discipline. And this is strange, because I am a really, really undisciplined person. But their discipline, the way they manage their time—these things struck me so much."
And how I agree with this way of thinking:
“But it is difficult to speak of the Society,” continues Pope Francis. “When you express too much, you run the risk of being misunderstood. The Society of Jesus can be described only in narrative form. Only in narrative form do you discern, not in a philosophical or theological explanation, which allows you rather to discuss. The style of the Society is not shaped by discussion, but by discernment, which of course presupposes discussion as part of the process. The mystical dimension of discernment never defines its edges and does not complete the thought. The Jesuit must be a person whose thought is incomplete, in the sense of open-ended thinking."
And here as well:
“But it is difficult to speak of the Society,” continues Pope Francis. “When you express too much, you run the risk of being misunderstood. The Society of Jesus can be described only in narrative form. Only in narrative form do you discern, not in a philosophical or theological explanation, which allows you rather to discuss. The style of the Society is not shaped by discussion, but by discernment, which of course presupposes discussion as part of the process. The mystical dimension of discernment never defines its edges and does not complete the thought. The Jesuit must be a person whose thought is incomplete, in the sense of open-ended thinking."