The Pope Francis Effect: False compassion
which leads to a weariness of proclaiming the moral norm
Writing for the Associated Press, Rachel Zoll notes that, “The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not ‘follow a particular ideology’ and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano noted the challenges from broader society to Christian teaching….’the Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people….He made a special point of saying that he wants pastoral bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.’ In a September interview, Francis said Catholic leaders should give greater emphasis to compassion and mercy, arguing the Church’s focus on abortion, marriage and contraception has been too narrow and alienating…”
Too narrow? But Our Lord insisted that we must, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7: 13, 14).
Why is the Holy Father insisting that the Church’s focus on moral norms is something “alienating”?