That awkward moment when the media realizes the Pope’s still Catholic…

It looks something like this.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made his toughest remarks to date on abortion when he called the practice “horrific” on Monday.

“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” the pontiff said during his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.

Conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church had previously accused the pope of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion.

While showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, Francis has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II since his election in March.

Now let me be REALLY frank…

But this, this right here was my favorite comment from the above article…

“His stance favoring mercy over condemnation has disoriented conservative Catholics”

Wait. What? What’s going on? Where am I? I’m so disoriented.

What they are calling “disorientation” is merely a confusion of the term mercy. To a liberal, mercy is simply the act of not condemning sin. Condemnation as an action is too judge-y. It’s not nice and merciful to point out to someone that certain sinful behavior can lead to eternal damnation. Cause live and let live and who am I to judge and what not. Only that’s not really what the Pope said. At. All.

To a conservative (using the term to differentiate as per the article), allowing someone to continue on in a disastrously sinful state is no mercy whatsoever. Without condemnation and rejection of sin there can be no mercy. No, as far as I can tell the only ones disoriented are the poor souls who keep desperately clinging to the idea that Pope Francis is going to be Francis the Great Reformer.

In other news… Pope Francis turns his back on congregation! ¡Dios mío!

H/T to the Digital Hairshirt for the “Let me be Frank” images.

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  • Eugene Edward Yeo

    Wait… I’m conservative… and I’m not confused.

  • Scott Eric Alt

    I would prefer it greatly–in the same way that I would prefer a million dollars to materialize overnight in my bank account–if people would stop using the words “liberal” and “conservative” when discussing Catholicism. It gets people thinking of the Church in political terms, which is one big reason why there is so much confusion afoot. The pope is not liberal, nor is he conservative. He’s Catholic.

    • Katrina Fernandez


  • LisaTwaronite

    I think he is indeed going to be Francis the Great Reformer — and why would anyone be surprised that he’s still against abortion? Was anyone really expecting him to change on that particular view, just because he’s stressing other views most of the time?

    • Katrina Fernandez

      What do you think he’ll be reforming?

    • Scott Eric Alt

      Nothing wrong with being a reformer, except that when the media use the word “reform,” they mean something like, “reform the truth.” Which is absurd. But the real confusion is not over the meaning of the word “reform” so much as it’s a confusion over the meaning of the word “truth.” Part of the tyranny of relativism.

      • Gail Finke

        Well said!!!!

  • Barbara Fryman

    Mercy and Justice, most if us want one or the other to be the focus. I think he’s doing well communicating the importance if both. He sure is throwing cold water on those of us too comfy in our sanitized works of mercy. Most days he annoys me, and I bet he’s bugging the crap out if the clergy. Which is why they need our prayers. This dude is not an easy pill to swallow, but for me he’s good medicine.