Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Pope must be more clear on moral issues

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.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Ontario, Canada