(quote) ED-20630 said: Tom,
I agree. When I have read the actual English translations of the transcripts of his interviews, I have not found anything that falls outside of Catholic teaching. Now the way that his various comments have been presented or spun in the secular media is often quite a different thing than reading his comments in the full context of his interview.
This is the English translation of his recent 3-day interview:
I become quite frustrated with (especially) Catholics that paraphrase and provide "approximate quotes" without any of the context in which a particular comment was made. Often these are the same Catholics that complain the Pope Francis is being contradictory and adding to confusion..... Seems like quite a double standard to me.
I have also seen instances where someone insists that Francis has said something very contrary to Catholic teaching, but yet it appears to me to fall right in line with the Catechism (like my comments in an above post concerning "conscience").
What bothers me the most is how quickly some here are to criticize, always based on what comes from the generally hostile to the Church media.
And when the information they rely on is proven false or out of context, they never apologize. If challenged about their constant carping, they sanctimoniously put on the cloak of fraternal correction.
Within hours of his election, a poster here posted stuff about how he left two Jesuit priests in Argentina out to dry as well as other libels that all originated from a Marxist, anti-catholic, Argentinian journalist. And the poster never had the decency to apologize or even be ashamed of what he had done.
Ed, you have quoted extensively from the Catechism to show that Francis' comments about following one's conscience is wholly consistent with Church teaching. Yet we see no retraction of the accusation that he was teaching error.
Of all the criticisms leveled at him here in the forums only one even comes close to having any value. And then only because the carpers don't really understand the difference between a change in a discipline (even though it might have a lot of tradition behind it) and something which is an immutable Tradition.
Apparently, they have never learned the lesson in the fable of the boy who cried wolf too often.