The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for intolerance.
In recent years, that reputation has been exposed in the form of its attacks on people and groups who question its doctrine.
While most Americans have accepted that many of the beliefs of the Catholic Church are reasonable, the beliefs and actions of some of the church’s leaders are still deeply offensive.1:23 “We do not worship the Pope.
We are not the Church of Rome,” Pope Francis told a crowd in Rome.
“We are not in communion with Rome.”2:16 “If the Pope were in a car wreck, it would be a scandal,” the Rev. Robert McConkie, a pastor of a parish in North Carolina, told Fox News.3:03 “If he were caught peeing on the lawn, it wouldn’t be a big deal, would it?” pastor David Gaughran of Louisville, Kentucky, told CNN.
“I don’t believe it’s a scandal, but it’s going to be a topic of discussion in the future.”4:00 “I’m not in any way calling for his death.
But if he were in the middle of the street, I would probably want to run right by him,” he added.5:03 Former President George W. Bush once said, “If you ask a Catholic, I believe that’s a pretty good thing to say.”4.2 “I think that in a democracy, the Pope has a constitutional right to have his views heard,” former Texas Rep. Joe Barton told Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
“He is an elected official of the United States, and he has the right to express those views.”4.:05 “He’s not in a position to interfere in the conduct of the Church,” Rev. Barry Lynn, the director of the American Catholic Association’s Washington, D.C., office, told The New York Times.5.17 “I believe that the pope has the constitutional right of free speech, and that’s something that I believe in,” former New York Gov.
Eliot Spitzer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“If I disagree with something the pope says, I don’t think that the Catholic church should be able to impose its view on me.”5:05 “I am a Catholic.
I believe as I do the pope’s view.
That’s the most important thing.”6:17 “The Pope is entitled to his views.
That is a constitutionally protected right,” Bishop Michael D. McBride, the Archbishop of New York, told the Associated Press.
“It is a right to freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom from persecution and discrimination, and to the extent we don’t agree with the views of the pope, we should respect that.”6.17″If we can’t have a society where people of faith can express their views without fear of reprisal, then we’re not a society worth living in,” he told Fox and Friends.7:03 The Vatican has long denied the validity of the Holocaust and said the Holocaust did not happen.
In 2010, the Vatican finally issued a statement clarifying that its Holocaust denial policy was based on the work of the International Commission of Jurists.
It said the commission was based in Rome and that the pontiffs views had been “translated into the words of the Vatican” since 1980.8:06 “I can assure you that we are not a party to the persecution of the Jews,” Pope Benedict XVI said during a mass.
“That is a very real and serious problem.”8:02 “The Catholic Church’s primary mission is the defense of human dignity and peace,” the pontiff said.
“The church’s mission, however, is also the promotion of a healthy, moral, and religious life for all people.”8.15 “It’s not right for me to criticize people who have their heads in the sand,” Rev and retired U.K. bishop Roger Williams told The Times of London.
“But I do think the church has a responsibility to speak out and speak out against the worst of the human condition.”9:05 The Vatican says it will continue to allow people to pray in its churches.10:19 Pope Francis said he will continue the Church’s relationship with the U,S.
after the end of his current term.
The pope also announced plans to give more money to charities that serve the poor.11:24 “There is no longer a place in the world for prejudice and hate,” the pope said.