Pope takes necessary direction

Catholic church moves toward progressivism

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Under this pope, the Roman Catholic Church is ‘a ship without a rudder’ and the faithful ‘are feeling a bit seasick,’” USA Today reported.

After his inauguration in Mar. of 2013, Pope Francis started changing the conservative Catholic image. He began advocating new beliefs to replace outdated ideals.

Francis presided over atypical marriage ceremonies for the Catholic church in September. According to TIME magazine, the weddings included divorcees, mothers as brides and unmarried couples living together, all of which go against popular Catholic belief.

He recently addressed tension between Catholic parents and gay children, telling UK newspaper “The Independent” that Catholics “have to find a way to help that father or that mother stand by their son or daughter.”

Since Francis took office, a change of views on marriage, contraception, sexuality and abortion is plausible, which is “infuriating, worrying or just plain puzzling” conservatives according to USA Today.

While he shook up the conservative side of Catholics, his visions for the church are a much-needed wake up call.

If religious faith controls daily lifestyle, its beliefs should not be stuck in the past. If religious faith dictates decision-making, its teachings should not promote homophobia. If religious faith gives life purpose, its central tenets should not discriminate.

The Catholic church needs to evolve. The congregation sustains a community of believers, not rusty political views. People evolve, and the church needs to follow.

This is not just for the sake of adults. Like the Pope clearly stated, Catholic beliefs should focus on accepting peers in and around the school that classify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).

Francis envisions the church acting as a “home for all,” according to the Huffington Post, and “all” includes teenagers of all denominations and classifications.

To say that everyone was heterosexual or that divorce didn’t happen during the creation of Catholicism is not true. At this point, the church and its congregation need to recognize these false statements. Faith should be the driving force of a religion, not political beliefs.