"**Conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church had previously accused the pope of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion.
While showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, Francis has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II since his election in March**."
This article posits two claims: that there is a divide between Conservatives and the Pope (“Conservatives…have accused”) and that the current Pope has a different relationship to Church tradition, even slightly (“showing no signs of [change]…Francis has not spoken out…as his predecessors”)
I’m not a Catholic, but am I correct in assuming that this is all media hogwash? As far as I’m aware the Pope is no different than the previous one in terms of doctrine. The only real difference is that he’s a Jesuit and his humility has been more widely publicized.
I really don’t buy into the whole “Mainstream media’s leftist agenda” conspiracy, but it is really annoying when they try to suggest Pope Francis is the liberal all liberals have been waiting for, or a bane to conservative existence. But maybe asking for an accurate portrayal of any religion that isn’t ratings driven is asking for too much?
I admit I am socially “left” on many issues, but I am interested in the Pope’s maintaining doctrine: the Catholic Church’s rigid position on abortion and gay marriage continue to represent powerful testimony to the force of faith. It’s pretty impressive when an institution almost 1900 years old is still wielding sizable influence in the “postmodern” world.