“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” [Pope Francis] told La Civilta Cattolica.
Otherwise, he said, “even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
The Church must be more like a “field hospital after battle,” Francis said, and focus on healing the wounds of its faithful and going out to find those who have been hurt, excluded or said goodbye.
“It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars!” Francis said. “You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”
Pope Francis legitimizes the cruel mainstream narrative that Christians are scolds. His statement is true insofar as Christians “insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage,” etc. But how many Christians truly fit that caricature?
No one will come to the Church to heal their wounds if they don’t think they’re wounded, if they don’t think they need Jesus. Which means Christians must identify sin. The pope’s thinking here is wrong. Not talking about sin emboldens sinners in their selfish pursuit to fully realize their radicalized selves.