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Pope Francis Urges French MPs to Reject 'Fashions of the Time' (Like Gay Marriage?)

In what is being seen as a reference to the recently passed law legalizing same-sex marriage, Pope Francis told a group of French MPs to resist "fashions of the time" in legislation, AFP reports:

Francis“Your role... consists in proposing laws, amending them or even repealing  them,” the pontiff told a delegation of MPs from France, adding that it is
“necessary... to inject them with something more, a spirit, a soul which does not just reflect fashions and ideas of the time.”    The laws should “provide the indispensable quality which raises and  ennobles the human person,” the 76-year-old said.

The remark comes a day after he spoke with the Archbishop of Canterbury about promoting family values "based on marriage" yet neglected to include divisive language referring to marriage as between a man and a woman.

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  1. The laws should 'provide the indispensable quality which raises and ennobles the human person.'

    Unless they are LGBT humans. Right Francis?

    Gonna deliver this message to the family of Clement Meric yourself Francis? Gonna be able to look them in the eyes and pretend his blood is not on your hands?

    Organized religious hierarchy are the greatest source of evil in the world today.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 16, 2013 10:39:44 AM

  2. When did the people of France elect/vote him into office? Oh that's right, they didn't. The French MP's are only BY LAW accountable to the tax paying people of France not some parasitic unelected Pope who has blood on his hands.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 16, 2013 10:42:07 AM

  3. Well, so much for the "new, moderate" tone from this pope. He's just as viciously homophobic as his predecessor.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 16, 2013 10:48:58 AM

  4. He should speak about fashion? Please........

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 16, 2013 10:53:04 AM

  5. Back off paps.

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 16, 2013 10:53:28 AM

  6. Fashion? Is he still wearing those red shoes??.

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 16, 2013 11:05:58 AM

  7. "Fashions of the time" -- like, equality under the law?

    Posted by: Hunter | Jun 16, 2013 11:21:40 AM

  8. He seems to love vague advise, kinda like he doesn't have his heart into it.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 16, 2013 11:25:38 AM

  9. Here are some other "Fashions of the Time" that the Catholic Church have encouraged their flock to avoid through-out history...

    "The World is Round."
    "The Earth Revolves around the Sun."
    "Condoms lowers risk of STDS."
    "Catholic Priests have abused children."

    Posted by: yuninv | Jun 16, 2013 11:30:40 AM

  10. Please. If it isn't 3000 years old. it's a "fashion of the times". One wonders how he feels about modern medical advances. Oh, THAT'S different. I see.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 16, 2013 11:50:40 AM

  11. @Terry. Exactly my thoughts. He's just a bit more diplomatic about it (for now).

    Posted by: Peter M. | Jun 16, 2013 11:55:15 AM

  12. Mike Ryan urges France to reject the Pope and the Christian Faith. We ALL have more power to reject than the Pope does. Use that power.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 16, 2013 12:02:23 PM

  13. Gay relationships have been around much, much longer than the Catholic church; many thousands of years longer. Which is the fad?

    Posted by: nick | Jun 16, 2013 12:10:23 PM

  14. P-Fran, honey, sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 16, 2013 12:21:39 PM

  15. The pope does not have blood on his hands. Stop being melodramatic.

    Posted by: LCR Jay | Jun 16, 2013 12:34:42 PM

  16. Much like the GOP, Catholicism Inc. believes that embracing extreme positions will help them grow their shrinking base. In reality, all it does is drive people further away. Who cares what PF says because the people who believe every word he says are not our allies anyway. None of our true supporters will be influenced by his words.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 16, 2013 12:45:47 PM

  17. Please. Like i'm going to take fashion advice from a guy that wears white after Labor Day.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 16, 2013 1:19:10 PM

  18. LCR Jay
    You know nothing about this Popes history if you think his hands are not bloody.
    Stop being a lapdog.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 16, 2013 1:34:39 PM

  19. Smoke screen for the Vatican money laundering scandal

    BTW, the quote in the Jefferson memorial ennobles all people

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jun 16, 2013 1:56:17 PM

  20. Institutions must advance to keep pace with the times--Thomas Jefferson

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jun 16, 2013 2:25:22 PM

  21. No doubt, The Pope has more clout than Rachel Maddow.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 16, 2013 4:18:01 PM

  22. The automobile was once considered a "fashion of the times"

    Posted by: ty | Jun 16, 2013 4:55:39 PM

  23. A MP votes in a way reflecting the will of the people or "fashion of the times" and not according to some edicts from a dying and corrupt institution.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 16, 2013 5:25:13 PM

  24. uhh ... Did he also tell them to reject the spate of extreme right-wing, neo-nazi fascism that's been inflicting hate and violence upon gay citizens in France, which has become so "fashionable" of late?

    Posted by: Rexford | Jun 16, 2013 7:08:18 PM

  25. Those MP's seeing the Pope must be from the right wing party. They have done exactly what the Pope said and voted along their party line. That's is the reason they are out of fashion and not in power.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 16, 2013 7:34:41 PM

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