Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

Encore episode: Is Pope’s softer language fertile soil for growth?

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In light of Pope Francis’ recent comments about Christians’ needing to apologize to gays, we repeat the April 2016 episode in which three progressive Catholic leaders comment on Francis’ document on the family Amoris Laetitia.

Click below to hear the audio:


Francis DeBernardo

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which serves LGBT Catholics, says Pope Francis’ ambiguous language in his document on the family, Amoris Laetitia (the Joy of Love), indicates he’s restless with a clarity that’s deadening. Francis “doesn’t want clarity; he wants a mess.”


Deb Rose-MilavecDeb Rose-Milavec, executive director of FutureChurch, says the document is a “light years” leap ahead and yet — especially in its insistence on male and female “complementarity,” effectively their being separate but equal — still falls far short of what the Catholic Church needs to do to bring young people into the fold.

MiriamMiriam Duignan, spokesman for Women’s Ordination Worldwide, says Francis “has changed the tone of how women are spoken about” and that his legacy will be the decentralization of church power and the application of common sense.



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