"[Abortion] is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernisations’. It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?" Who indeed..
Francis reaffirms the door is closed on women priests, but ' It must be remembered that when we speak of sacramental power “we are in the realm of function, not that of dignity or holiness”.'
Sometimes charity is misunderstood as simply giving to those less fortunate. A fuller definition is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbour as yourself (which does include almsgiving). But Francis points out that the poor were shown God's 'first mercy'. and since we are called to conform to the mind of God it is fitting that we too should share in this preference for the poor. I think it is hard not to acknowledge the wisdom that poor people in our community have to offer us at times!
Anyway, I haven't picked this up yet, but found a pdf and will start reading asap! Theology of the body is put on hold!