CHICAGO (CBS) — Archbishop Blase Cupich said Pope Francis’ recent writings on “The Joy of Love,” calling for compassion toward “imperfect” Catholics, including the divorced, is not about a change in doctrine, but “reform of the church.”
Cupich said the document represents a radical change that comes from a “pope of surprises.”
“The average Catholic is going to find that what the pope is saying here is very arresting, and new, and creative, and imaginative. He is saying things they haven’t heard before with regard to the church. He talks about the need for families to be tolerant with each other in situations where people’s lives are not perfect,” he said.
The archbishop of Chicago said the pope made no changes in church doctrine, but some Catholics will be puzzled at his words.
“I think that the average Catholic is going to find a lot in this document that is going to encourage them. So this is not about a reform of rules, it’s about reform of the church. It’s about having a very radical change in the approach that we have to people who live everyday lives, and struggle to be faithful to the gospel, and accompany and integrate them,” Cupich said.