Pope embraces ?imperfect? Catholics, like people who are divorced

Presumably he also embraces his pedo priests as he outlines a “more merciful and loving church”.

Catholic Church leaders in New Zealand are welcoming a document outlining a more merciful and loving church.

The 260-page treatise called “Amoris Laetitia,” (The Joy of Love), one of the most eagerly awaited pronouncements of Pope Francis, calls for more compassion towards “imperfect” Catholics, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”.

Just as well, as the Church has embraced pedophiles for decades, and people who were divorced were starting to worry if they would ever be loved by God again. ?

New Zealand’s Cardinal John Drew said the Pope took particular care in talking about those that are divorced and now in new unions.

“He appeals to us all that they not be made to feel that they are excluded from the church family.

“In particular pastors and those involved in family ministries are reminded of their obligation to exercise careful discernment of situations and to avoid judgments that do not take into account the complexity of different situations as well as people’s differing degrees of responsibility.

“The emphasis is on showing love and tenderness and working to integrate all people into the church community no matter what their situation.”

Under current church teaching, Catholics who divorce and remarry in civil ceremonies cannot receive communion unless they abstain from sex with their new partner, because their first marriage is still valid in the eyes of the church and they are seen to be living in an adulterous state of sin.

“No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel! Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves,” Pope Francis said.

Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North, said the statement was an appeal to bishops and priests “that we be pastors of open hearts not closed minds”.

This is what pisses me off about the Catholic Church. Clearly they have no understanding of the plan of salvation and are still hung up on “deeds” and church control.

Forgiveness was taught by Jesus Christ, not this sort of man-made control. Christ was very explicit…accept the plan of salvation. That is all you have to do, and you are saved…and yes, that means all sinners from the pedo priest to mass murderer and the adulterer, and the poof and petty thief…all can be saved and it isn’t through the intercession of a priest or a church.