Conservative Catholics disagreeing with Pope Francis on social issues

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After Pope Francis publicly spoke in favor of certain social issues within the Church, several conservative Catholics were vocal in their disagreement. 

“When [abortion rights group]NARAL Pro Choice America sends you a thank-you note, it’s clear something got miscommunicated,” said the Faith and Reason Institute president Robert Royal.

“Francis is a remarkable man, no one would deny that. But I’m not sure if he cares about being accurate,” he continued. “He gets into an [evangelizing]dynamic with people and that seems to be the most important thing…In some ways it makes people very anxious. If you do this, what’s the next thing?”

Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler told the Washington Post that, “In the past everything you heard from a pope was prepared or formally released. And that was intentional—not to say anything ad hoc. And it’s also intentional that this one does. I think his entire focus is outside the church. That’s huge.”

This all follows the Pope’s now infamous statement, made back in June while on a trip to Brazil, when he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalized because of this, but that they must be integrated into society.”

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