Pope Francis' recent interview with America magazine has generated much excitement after it was released today.
The world's media has already started publishing excerpts from the interview and much has been made of the Pope allegedly stating that the Church is too focused on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.
What the Pope DID say is that "we cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods." He then stated that he would not discuss these issues because "the teaching of the Church, for that matter, is clear."
The mainstream media has again tried to cut and paste the Pope's words to achieve a sensationalist headline and encourage thoughts that the Pope is trying to water down Catholic teaching on these crucial issues. This is not what the Pope is doing; he cannot go against the Will of God. On the contrary, the Pope, in the full and proper context of the interview, is pointing us all to Church teaching on these issues.
For the full interview please click this link to go to America magazine.