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Pope warns church must find new balance or fail
VATACAN CITY -- Pope Francis is speaking out and making headlines. In an interview with an Italian magazine, Pope Francis warns the Catholic Church might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't end its divisive stance on gay rights abortion.
At St. Michaels Church, many parishioners share their thoughts about Pope Francis' comments that ask the Catholic Church to be more inclusive, and accepting of gays, abortion and women.
Pope Francis said outright, religion ought not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians.
"The gay issue is still a very controversial issue, very divisive" said Kayty Pappas, St. Michaels Catholic Church member.
Pope Francis feels the church has become obsessed with social issues over the years.
"I don't think we should judge people, I think people should judge themselves and speak to a priest and speak to God, and just follow God's laws" said Paula Choppin, St. Michaels Catholic Church member.
Pope Francis also addressed the role of women. He says women should be involved in making major decisions in the church.
For Kayty Pappas, a lifelong devoted Catholic, that's an area she wholeheartedly agrees with the Pope.
"I've been very active in a lot of the ladies organizations, and I think we have many talents that we can contribute to the church" said Pappas.
Not everyone shares the Pope's sentiments towards women in the church.
"The Catholic church was started by Jesus himself, if he wanted women in the church they would have been already there" said Joe Choppin, St. Michaels Catholic Church member.
While Pope Francis wants the church to be more accepting, he does not come out in support of gay marriage or abortion rights.