In his first few months occupying the highest seat in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has drastically altered the church rhetoric surrounding issues such as homophobia and abortion that have otherwise remained unchanged for the past several decades. His comments have boosted support from more liberal-leaning members within the Catholic Church, as well as from those outside the religion. The new pope even earned Time Magazine’s Person of the Year distinction for his new approaches.
In a new statement, Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to rethink the way it deals with children of gay couples and divorced parents, claiming that “administering a vaccine against faith” is not the best option.
The new statement actually occurred during a speech to the Catholic union of Superiors General in November, but surfaced more recently on Italian media websites, according to Yahoo News.
“On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which are sometimes difficult to understand. The number of children in schools whose parents have separated is very high. We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them,” Pope Francis said.
In his speech, Pope Francis seemed to emphasize the point that although society has changed, religion does not have to change as long as faith in God and Christ are the most important factors.
“How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?” Pope Francis asked the group to consider.
According to NBC News, Pope Francis even cited a story of a girl that had same sex parents.
“I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: ‘my mother’s girlfriend doesn’t love me,’” Francis said, before explaining that educational leaders shouldn’t deny explaining Christ’s love to individuals such as this girl simply because her parents are homosexual.
Although Pope Francis has yet to outright express support for divorced couples or homosexual individuals, his increasingly common public comments suggest his true opinions.