Pope Francis has blasted the “backwardness” of some conservatives in the U.S. Catholic Church, saying that they have replaced faith with ideology and that a correct understanding of Roman Catholic doctrine allows for change over time.
Many conservatives have blasted Francis’ emphasis on social justice issues such as the environment and the poor, while also branding as heretical his opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive the sacraments.
Francis, who hails from Argentina, acknowledged his point, saying there was “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude” in the U.S. church, which he called “backward.”
“Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support.
“The vision of the doctrine of the church as a monolith is wrong,” he added.
“When you go backward, you make something closed off, disconnected from the roots of the church,” which then has devastating effects on morality.
Francis has previously acknowledged the criticism directed at him from some U.S. conservatives, once quipping that it was an “honor” to be attacked by Americans. »