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Pope Francis: Less Birth Control, More Peace

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America Magazine and other Jesuit journals around the world simultaneously published an interview with Pope Francis Thursday. Among his remarks: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

BLASE BONPANE, ooa at igc.org
Director of the Office of the Americas, Bonpane served as a Maryknoll priest in Guatemala and has written five books including Guerrillas of Peace: Liberation Theology and the Central American Revolution.

He said today: “Pope Francis has made an important clarification.

“People might have thought that no to family planning, abortion and gay rights were the key components of the Catholic faith.

“By directing his attention to peace-making and abolishing nuclear war he has revived the gospel message of Pope John XXIII and his encyclical Pacem in Terris [Peace on Earth].

“Our hope is that he will now denounce the imperial theology of the ‘Just War Theory’ which gave us the ‘Just Crusades,’ the ‘Just Inquisition,’ and the ‘Just Conquistadors.’”