Saturday 27 May 2017

Wily Francis is modernising Catholicism while keeping its 'brand'

Pope Francis wants to move on from issues such as gay marriage.
Pope Francis wants to move on from issues such as gay marriage.

With great respect, some of the commentators who have such strong views about the teachings of the Catholic Church seldom visit a Catholic church or attend a Mass. As they often proclaim themselves to be agnostics or secularists, why would they do so? Yet, in consequence, they don't always know what is really happening on the ground.

I am not a particularly good Catholic, but I am reasonably observant, and I do listen to Sunday sermons quite closely – both in Ireland and England. They can be very informative.

And I can say, hand on heart, that I have seldom heard, for the last 25 years, a sermon focusing on abortion, gay marriage or contraception. If such subjects are touched on, it is only in a passing allusion.

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