Pope Francis Does It Again

America Magazine has published today a news-breaking interview with Pope Francis. According to the NY Times, Francis chided the church’s recent tendency to obsess over gay marriage and abortion, saying “It is not necessary to talk about these all the time,” and “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent.” The Times continues:

Asked what it means for him to ‘think with the church,’ a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said that it did not mean ‘thinking with the hierarchy of the church.’

And the big takeaway is Francis’ comment that “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people.”

Also, the Pope likes Dostoevsky.

I’m busting my hump to get a dissertation chapter finished and sent off today, so for first-impression commentary I’ll leave you all in the capable hands of Andrew Sullivan and William Lindsey.

I’ll be back soon to see if I can add something to the conversation.

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