Pope Francis's new apostolic exhortation urges clergy to celebrate compassion, avoid judgement, and consider the complexity of individual situations before enforcing church doctrine.
Here to discuss: Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter.
"This is a pretty significant pivot," said McElwee, comparing Pope Francis to previous papacies. We can no longer say people who live in irregular situations (like unmarried or divorced people) are in a state of moral sin, he explained.
@JulieRaimondi@BrianLehrer this pop is different.lets accept change in the Catholic and the world because the world is changing.
— eli hoxha (@ileahxoh) April 8, 2016
Caller, angry at Catholic church: "Moses didn’t go up the mountain and come back and say thou shalt not use birth control or get divorced!"
— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 8, 2016
@BrianLehrer Let's be "less judgmental" towards divorced people and allow them to take communion. That means more parishioners, after all.
— Mia Baudry (@MiaBaudry) April 8, 2016