Pope criticizes church emphasis on abortion, gays
Hot-button issues » Francis urges compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues, such as abortion and gays.
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"I have never been a right-winger. It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems," he said.
The key, he said, is for the church to not exclude.
"This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity," he said.
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