Ukraine, abortion, racism, women’s ordination: Highlights from America’s interview with Pope Francis


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Pope Francis called for overcoming polarization in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States and emphasized that “polarization is not Catholic,” in this exclusive interview with America, given at the Vatican on Nov. 22 and published today. To achieve this, he said bishops must be pastors not ideologues.
He denounced racism as “an intolerable sin against God,” and spoke about the role of women in the church, and the question of women’s ordination. He reflected on how pastors should address abortion and emphasized the need for the church to show “equal transparency” in dealing with priests or bishops accused of sexual abuse. He explained his sometimes-criticized stance on Russia in relation to the war in Ukraine, and his silence about human rights in China.
During his two-hour meeting in Santa Marta, his Vatican residence, with editors and staff from America, Pope Francis was mentally sharp and humorous, notwithstanding mobility problems caused by his right knee. Asked how he always seems joyful, even amid crises and troubles, he said, “God makes me happy.… Throughout my life he has always guided me on his path…. He is always at my side.”
Pope Francis called for overcoming polarization in the life of the Catholic Church in an exclusive interview with America.
In his speech to the U.S. Congress in 2015, Francis appealed for overcoming the polarization that is dividing the country, and in this interview with America he called for overcoming polarization within the U.S. Catholic Church. “Polarization is not Catholic,” he said. “A Catholic cannot think either-or (aut-aut) and reduce everything to polarization. The essence of what is Catholic is both-and (et-et). The Catholic unites the good and the not-so-good. There is only one people of God.”

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