Is it just me or am I missing something? Why would Pope Francis be granting “indulgences” (check with Martin Luther) and mercy for things that are not in his right to do? It is somewhat arrogant for the Catholic hierarchy to claim to have all the answers and power to “save” well-meaning people.
According to statistics regarding Catholics (sensus fidelium, or sense of the faithful), Catholics in Europe and the U.S. knew what the results of the survey among Catholics would be. Findings released recently in Germany and Switzerland showed a wide gap between the church and its followers. An independent survey released by Univision confirms a similar gap in the U.S. On every issue, American Catholics are more liberal than the church’s teachings.
The Univision poll found that 54 percent of U.S. Catholics supported same-sex marriage. Fifty-nine percent supported admitting women to the priesthood. Sixty percent thought Catholics who had divorced and remarried outside the church should be eligible to receive communion. Sixty-one percent thought priests should be allowed to marry. Seventy-six percent thought abortion should be permitted at least in some circumstances. Seventy-nine percent supported contraception.
Please Pope Francis just stick to feeding and clothing the poor, especially women whom you still do not treat with equality.