Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Pope's book details conservative stance on hot-button issues

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Rome, April 2 - Intimate details from the life of
Pope Francis - from a youthful crush to his stance on same-sex
marriage - are laid bare in his book On Heaven and Earth: Pope
Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century.
Available in English May 7, the book was co-authored by
Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical
Seminary in Buenos Aires, and is based on hours of conversation
between the two religious leaders, touching on subjects like
atheism, the Holocaust, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia,
same-sex marriage, and celibacy.
"While I was a seminarian, I was dazzled by a girl I met at
the wedding of one of my uncles. I was struck by her beauty, her
spirit," said the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario
Bergoglio.
"And well, I was in a state of confusion for quite a while,
she made my head spin".
Francis, elected March 13 after the abdication of Benedict
XVI, goes on to explain how he overcame his feelings and
embraced priestly virginity:
"I'm in favor of upholding celibacy, with all of its pros
and cons, because in 10 centuries of history there have been
more positive experiences than negative".
The book also underlines his traditional views on
controversial topics such as gay marriage.
"Homosexuality has always existed, but never in history has
anyone tried to grant (gay couples) marital status," he said.
His doctrinal conservatism is also apparent regarding women
in the priesthood, saying that "woman has another role, which is
reflected in the figure of Mary".
In keeping with his image as a man of the people, much of
the book focuses on helping the poor and "establishing contact
with those in need".

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