Pope: Church must balance stances on abortion, gays, contraception

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in other Jesuit journals, including America magazine in the U.S.

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