IN a recent interview with Rome's La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must not be "obsessed" by issues like abortion, homosexuality and contraception. But I have not seen any evidence of such an obsession.
I can't recall the last time I heard a church sermon denouncing such controversial moral issues. In fact, at the local level of church life, dogma has been a wasteland since Vatican II.
One result has been the paedophile scandal. Hence, I am puzzled by Francis's desire to de-emphasise dogma in favour of striking a "new balance" that favours compassion and mercy over orthodoxy and justice.
The Pope's recent, off-the-cuff comments – something that is rapidly and unfortunately becoming his trademark – are bound to mislead and further lead to the dissemination of moral relativism.
The Church must remain vocal in promoting the truth on the most pressing issues of the day.