What the Pope actually said: Highlights and a link to the full interview

Read the interview that caught the world’s attention at America – The National Catholic Review


“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage.”


“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner … preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.


“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”


“… A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing.”


“Finding God in all things is not an ‘empirical eureka.’ When we desire to encounter God, we would like to verify him immediately by an empirical method. But you cannot meet God this way. God is found in the gentle breeze perceived by Elijah. The senses that find God are the ones St. Ignatius called spiritual senses. Ignatius asks us to open our spiritual sensitivity to encounter God beyond a purely empirical approach. A contemplative attitude is necessary: it is the feeling that you are moving along the good path of understanding and affection toward things and situations. Profound peace, spiritual consolation, love of God and love of all things in God—this is the sign that you are on this right path.”

– Pope Francis

New Catholic school – transitions among our Sisters

Dear Friends,

It is with both joy and sadness that we announce that two of our beloved Sisters, Sr. Julia and Sr. Bridget, will move this summer to Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield, Colorado. We join Msgr. Edward Buelt and his parish in their joy as they announce the opening of a parish school.

We have been informed that Sr. Julia has been assigned to the position of Principal at the new Catholic grade school, and Sr. Bridget will be a fourth grade teacher. Two other sisters of the order of Our Lady of Mercy will also join the new Catholic school at Our Lady of Loreto.

In further good news, we are happy to announce that Sr. Rose Mary will remain as Principal here at Saint Joseph Catholic School, along with Sr. Eleanora, who currently teaches 3rd Grade. Sister Fatima will return once her visa issues are worked out and we will welcome Sister Rosaria.

As you may imagine, Our Lady of Loreto Parish is ecstatic at the prospect of opening a Catholic grade school for grades K-5, and we share in their joy at the birth of this new ministry, and their hopes for expansion to include a preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and a gymnasium/auditorium. Should you have friends or family in the Foxfield area who may be interested in sending their children, please have them call Our Lady of Loreto Parish offices at (303) 766-3800.

Please join us in prayer that our beloved Sisters find joy and success in this transition, and that the good works begun by the Sisters in our own Saint Joseph community may continue.

In Christ,

Rev. Steven M. Voss
Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Sr.Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M.
Saint Joseph Catholic School