In a wide-ranging interview with Recode, Pope Francis laid out some new approaches to combating the new “liberal” conservatism that he has dubbed “illiberal” in a series of recent speeches and interviews.
Francis has called for a return to the ancient Stoic philosophy, but he also has endorsed the more recent Catholicism of Pope Benedict XVI, who has emphasized “sensitivity” in the church and called for Catholics to “examine our commonalities and seek common ground with others” and “to become allies not enemies.”
While Pope Francis has often praised the pope for his humility and compassion, the pontiff’s more recent calls for the Church to “learn to embrace” “illiberals” and be more “positive” have come under criticism.
Francis has also been criticized for his “unbalanced” approach to the church, particularly with regard to social issues like abortion, LGBT rights, and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
As he has made clear, the Pope is a Catholic, and he is a Roman Catholic, but his approach to liberalism is a bit more nuanced.
While Francis’ new approaches seem to embrace liberal approaches to Christianity, they do not always align with what he calls “the tradition of the Church” as outlined by the Pope.
For instance, Francis has called the Catholic Church to be “critical of the ideology of liberalism and its relativism,” but he has also said that Catholics can be “positive in their understanding of the moral good” and should be “careful” about “those who are not Catholics.”
He also has said that he thinks it is “illogical” to criticize the church for being too “liberal,” even if the church “does not conform to any particular theory or dogma.”
Francis’ approach to Catholicism is more open-minded than some of his predecessors, including Pope John Paul II, who had more open views toward Catholicism.
Francissaries like Pope Benedict and Pope Benedict have also criticized the idea of the “liberal tradition” and have said that the Church should not “seek to impose its views on others.”
But Francis has emphasized that Catholics are “human beings,” and that Catholics must also be “humanists” and a “spiritual person.”
In a wide range of interviews, Francis said he is open to a “dialogue between those who are liberal and those who oppose liberalism,” but “in this way, I am not saying that I believe all of the liberalism.
I’m not saying I’m in favor of it.
I think that liberalism is the result of human nature, the result and the consequence of many centuries of human thought and human experience.”
The pope also said he wants Catholics to have “a more profound relationship with the human person,” but has also called for “a deeper respect for human dignity,” which includes respecting people’s religious and cultural beliefs.
“When you have a respect for the dignity of a person, that is a positive thing, because when a person has dignity, you have dignity in the eyes of God and you respect their life, and that is good,” Francis said in the interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“I believe that when you have respect for another person’s life, that’s also a positive.
So I believe that a respect and a respect of another person and respect of the dignity is a good thing.”