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Counter gender ideology, encourage confessions, Pope urges bishops

June 08, 2015

Pope Francis warned against the influence of gender ideology in a June 8 message to visiting bishops from Puerto Rico.

The Pope told the bishops, who were making their ad limina visits, that the distinct roles of men and women are designed for “communion and generation, always as the image and semblance of God.” He encouraged them to protect and defend the beauty of marriage.

The Pope cautioned against the influence of other ideologies as well, reminding the bishops: “The Church, by virtue of her mission, is not linked to any political system.” He urged them to work together to promote the Gospel, noting that divisions within the Church dampen the force of evangelization.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Pope said, all bishops and priests should be “faithful servants of God's forgiveness, especially in the sacrament of Reconciliation, which allows God's love to be experienced in the flesh and offers every penitent the source of true inner peace.”

 


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