Says one internet news outlet, “Since his election in 2013, conservatives have sharply criticized Francis, saying he has left many faithful confused by pronouncements that the Church should be more welcoming to homosexuals and divorced Catholics.”
Such reportage is typical. However, the reason the journalist gives is not why the faithful are confused, or why so many Catholics have expressed concern about Pope Francis.
We have all sinned. Nobody thinks the Church should not welcome sinners. The problem is blurry language that makes it seem as though we cannot welcome sinners unless we ignore the reality of sin.
Ambiguity is not merciful. Only truth is merciful.
How can anyone receive the loving God’s forgiveness if he is encouraged to believe he doesn’t need it?