Bishop Nunzio Galantino, who Pope Francis personally chose as a top official for the Italian hierarchy, has some bracing observations for Catholics who have held out abortion and gay marriage and the like as “non-negotiables” for the faithful. In La Nazione, via The Tablet:

Galantino, 65, said that the Church had invested a lot of its time on issues relating to the sanctity of life, perhaps at the expense of other important issues. He said: “In the past we have concentrated too much on abortion and euthanasia. It mustn’t be this way because in the middle there’s real life which is constantly changing.

“I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”

And this:

“My wish for the Italian Church is that it is able to listen without any taboo to the arguments in favour of married priests, the Eucharist for the divorced, and homosexuality.”

He said he believed the arrival of Pope Francis represented a unique chance to usher in liberal reforms. “With Pope Francis the Italian Church has an extraordinary opportunity to reposition itself on spiritual moral and cultural beliefs,” he said.

Read it all here.

6 Comments

  1. Trust me there is no way the church is going to change their beliefs. They would have to ditch the bible to do so and they would fall into a death spiral.

  2. The catholic church should be careful not to let the culture force it to move in an unnecessary direction. It has rightfully been focused on abortion, right to life issues, etc., but the popular reports that this is ALL the focus is grossly overstated. This culture doesn’t respect history or tradition and how priorities often change more slowly over time and with much reflection. Today we have light speed changes regarding morality in the public sphere which wants to force accepted beliefs in a certain direction and to crudely label faith and Christian beliefs as antiquated, irrelevant and hateful. Yes, there will always be plenty of issues ‘in the middle’, but that does not mean they have been neglected or undervalued. Don’t let the media and pop culture toss you around and don’t chase their approval of your actions catholic church!

  3. “Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.

    …Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the church cannot be expected to change her position on this question… It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life…”

    – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium #213-214

  4. The Pope really needs to have a talk with the guy who traveled all the to Bethlehem – where the Word became flesh – and mentioned the unborn. This guy is obsessed. A zealot. No doubt he hates women. Doesn’t he know that religion is about being nice and affirming your will. Its not about God becoming flesh in even in the least of our inconvenient neighbors.

    “The Child of Bethlehem is frail, like all newborn children. He cannot speak and yet he is the Word made flesh who came to transform the hearts and lives of all men and women. This Child, like every other child, is vulnerable; he needs to be accepted and protected. Today too, children need to be welcomed and defended, from the moment of their conception.”

    - Pope Francis, Bethlehem

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