Manchester bishop says Pope's interview misread
An interview with Pope Francis published last week has stirred conversation over his talk about social issues. (REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)
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Short excerpts reported in the media last week paraphrased the Pope as saying the Catholic Church is "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception and needs to find "a new balance."
What Pope Francis said, in the wide-ranging and in-depth interview, was far more complex than what was widely reported, Libasci said.
And while such issues are important and church doctrine is unchanging, Libasci said, the Pope also wants to talk about poverty and other social ills.
"Each one reads everything through our own prism, and I think the faithful will probably do the same, and some will be happy and some will misread what the Holy Father said," he said.
"While I appreciate the attention that the media is paying to Pope Francis' remarks, few are taking the time to understand what he actually said," Pratte said in a statement. "I agree with the Holy Father that the church needs to be a more vocal voice of love and compassion in a broken world, while remaining true to the values that it holds so dear."
The Manchester bishop has taken that message to heart; he blessed ATVs - and even rode one - during Berlin's Jericho ATV Festival in July and was planning to attend Glendi in Manchester on Saturday.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff Reporter Michael Cousineau contributed to this story.
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