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The Papal Interview In Perspective

September 23, 2013


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"When you put (abortion) up against the enormous scandal of brutal poverty and brutal violence all over the world, it's one part of (Catholicism), but it is surely not all of it."

Fr. John Staudenmaier, SJ, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity at the University of Detroit-Mercy.


In a rare interview, Pope Francis suggested that Catholics had become obsessed with abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. And he said the Church needs to take a broader view in its mission of spreading the Gospel. He did not contradict Church teaching on those issues--in fact, last week he urged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform abortions. But Fr. John Staudenmaier at the University of Detroit Mercy says the pontiff did contradict Catholic leaders who have put too much focus on those issues for years. Fr. Staudenmaier, SJ is the Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity at UDM. He spoke with WDET's Pat Batcheller. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.


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