Unless you live in a cave on the Amazon River, you've probably heard about "the interview" of Pope Francis. Needless to say, the media took a couple of the Holy Father's comments and ran to the mountain tops, screaming in ecstasy that these comments finally vindicated their humanist positions.
Everyone who rushed to declare that Francis is going to change Church teaching needs to take a chill pill and get a dose of reality. Just this morning, there's this from the Vatican:
Friday, September 20, 2013And boom goes the Catholic dynamite.
FRANCIS: NO HUMAN LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ANOTHER
Vatican City, 20 September 2013 (VIS) – Today the Pope met with members of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic gynaecologists, and spoke of the current paradoxical situation of the medical profession. “On the one hand we see progress in the field of medicine, thanks to the work of scientists who passionately and unreservedly dedicate themselves to the search for new cures. On the other hand, however, we also encounter the risk that doctors lose sight of their identity in the service of life”. He referred to the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate to explain that this paradoxical situation is seen also in the fact that, “while new rights are attributed to or indeed almost presumed by the individual, life is not always protected as the primary value and the primordial right of every human being. The ultimate aim of medicine remains the defence (sic) and promotion of life”.
Go read the rest of that article. Clearly, this pope and Catholic doctrine are too nuanced, too truth-filled, too centered on Our Lord Jesus Christ for the secular press, and many Catholics, to understand.
We all have a lot to learn.