The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

Five-day forecast

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi63° Chance Rain

Tonight

Lo45° Slight Chc Rain

Thursday

Hi61° Rain Likely

Thursday Night

Lo41° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi62° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi66° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo42° Mostly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi65° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo45° Mostly Cloudy

Pope criticizes church’s focus on abortion, gays

Send to Kindle
Print This

VATICAN CITY — Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.

The pope’s remarkably blunt message six months into his papacy was sure to reverberate in the U.S. and around the globe as bishops who have focused much of their preaching on such hot-button issues are asked to act more as pastors of wounded souls.

View my optionsorSign in