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So what are Pope Francis’ stances on abortion, social justice, and other issues?


Aleteia - published on 03/13/13

Political power
“This ‘madness’ of the commandment of love is that which the Lord proposes and defends in our being while keeping away the other commonplace ‘madnesses’ that lie, damage and hinder the fulfillment of the goal of the Nation: that of relativism and that of power as the only ideology. The relativism  that, under the guise of respect for differences, homogenized in transgression and demagoguery, permits all to avoid taking on the conflict that comes with having the mature courage to uphold mature values and principles. Relativism is, oddly, absolutist and totalitarian. It does not allow anyone to stray from its own relativism. Basically, it means ‘shut up’ or ‘don’t meddle.’ Power as a single ideology is another lie. If ideological prejudices distort the way we look at others and society according to our own securities and fears, power made into an ideology only accentuates the persecutory and prejudicial idea that ‘all positions are for the purposes of achieving power’ and that ‘everyone seeks to dominate others.’ This erodes the social trust that, as I pointed out, is the root and fruit of love.” (May 25, 2012) 

“Symptoms of disenchantment are varied, but perhaps the clearest is that of ‘custom-made enchantment’: the enchantment of technology that always promises better things; the enchantment of an economy that offers almost unlimited possibilities in all aspects of life to those who manage to be included in the system; the enchantment of minor religious proposals to meet every need. Disenchantment has an eschatological dimension; it attacks indirectly, bracketing any definitive attitude; instead, it proposes those little enchantments that make ‘islands’ or a ‘truce’ with a lack of hope for the progress of the world in general. Hence, the only human attitude to break enchantments and disenchantments is to situate ourselves before the the things that ultimately matter and ask ourselves, in hope, ‘Are we going from good to better or from bad to worse?’ And then, the question arises. Can we respond? Do we, as Christians, have the words and deeds that mark the path of hope for our world? Or, like the disciples of Emmaus and those who remained in the upper room, are we the first who need help?” (May 8, 2011) 

“The Gospel speaks of humility. Humility reveals, to the self-aware human smallness, the potential it carries within. In fact, the more aware we are of our gifts and limitations, both things together, the more we will be free from the blindness of pride. And as Jesus praises the Father for this revelation to the little ones, we should also praise the Father for making the sun rise on those to whom he entrusted the gift of freedom, the freedom he brought forth in the heart of this people who opted for greatness without losing the sense of their smallness.” (25 May 2011) 

Simple people
“The wisdom of ‘thousands of women and men who have to stand in line to travel and who work honestly to put food on the table every day, to save and little by little buy bricks and improve their house… Thousands and thousands of children with their overalls parading by corridors and streets as they go to school and on their way back home. Meanwhile, grandparents – those who store up popular wisdom like treasure – get together to share and tell stories.’

“Crises and manipulations will happen; the contempt of the powerful will drag them down with misery; they will be offered the suicide of drugs; chaos and violence will entice them with the hatred of vindictive resentment. But they, the poor – regardless of their position and status – will appeal to the wisdom of him who knows he is the son of a God who is not distant, but who accompanies them with the Cross and encourages them with the Resurrection in those miracles, everyday achievements, that encourage them to enjoy the joys of sharing and celebration.” (25 May 2011) 

New Evangelization
“God lives in the city and the Church lives in the city. The mission is not opposed to having to learn from the city – from its cultures and its changes – while we go out to preach the Gospel. And this is the fruit of the Gospel itself, which interacts with the field in which it falls as a seed. It is not only the modern city that is a challenge. Every city, every culture, every mind, and every human heart has been, is, and will be a challenge as well.

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