“The Pope said as much when he asked bishops to tone down talk about
certain moral issues. These topics are creating so much static that
people cannot hear the most important message, the Good News of Jesus
Pope Francis wants to move the church away from ideological fixations
of a moralizing sort and toward proclaiming the gospel. The order of
church life must be inviting people to know God in Christ first. Then
comes the moral order, as a response to coming to know God’s mercy,
forgiveness, and joy.
Often, the order gets reversed and that’s where trouble occurs. This
is where the issues of abortion, contraception, active homosexuality,
and other life issues come in. Virtuous behaviour in these areas is a
response to God’s grace. It is not a pre-condition to belonging to the
community of God’s Kingdom and the Church.
Most people need a close walk with the Lord to understand why the
Church says no to certain behaviour. Without Jesus deeply in one’s
life, it is hard to understand these prohibitions. But how do people
get to know Jesus? It is by God’s people—you and me—evangelizing and
telling them about our Lord and Saviour.
You must share with your family, students, and associates, how Jesus
has saved you, loved you, and healed you. It has to be done
sensitively and respectfully, delicately and finely. Then you must let
the Holy Spirit take over as you pray for that person…”