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Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics (homosexuality)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 11.02.2014

"The unqualified welcome of homosexual couples into family and parish environments damages everybody, by serving to normalize the disorder of homosexuality.''

Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics
Rick Hampson, USA TODAY 8:18 a.m. EST November 2, 2014

A senior American cardinal in the Vatican says that under this pope, the Roman Catholic Church is "a ship without a rudder'' and the faithful "are feeling a bit seasick.''

The archbishop of Philadelphia complains that a recent Vatican conference called by Pope Francis produced "confusion,'' adding, "Confusion is of the devil.''

A group of conservative lay Catholics say they felt "betrayed" by a preliminary report from the conference that proposed a more welcoming attitude toward gays.

Turnabout is supposed to be fair play, but for these and other U.S. Catholic conservatives and traditionalists, the papacy of Francis also seems to be infuriating, worrying or just plain puzzling.

"The conservatives had it all their way for about 30 years, and now the shoe might be on the other foot,'' says the Rev. Paul Sullins, a priest who teaches sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. "Now they feel on the outside a little bit, which is exactly how the progressives used to feel.''

That was during the papacies of John Paul II (1978-2005) and Benedict XVI (2005-13), doctrinal conservatives who brooked little discussion and less dissension when it came to church teaching on issues such as ordination of women and compulsory priestly celibacy.

Many conservatives struggle to get a handle on Pope Francis, who since taking office last year warned against an "obsessive" concern with culture war issues, such as abortion and gay marriage; encouraged discussion of church teaching on things like contraception and divorce; and asked, regarding gays who profess religious faith, "Who am I to judge?''

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