Notre Dame president reacts to controversial comments from the pope

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

FILE - This is a Sunday, March 17, 2013 file photo of  Pope Francis gestures as he delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

FILE - This is a Sunday, March 17, 2013 file photo of Pope Francis gestures as he delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins is responding to some controversial comments made by Pope Francis.

The pope made worldwide headlines this week when he spoke out on abortion and gay marriage.

Jenkins addressed those comments in a video message and said he thinks the pope received a positive response from those around the world.

When asked if he thought Pope Francis was departing from the traditional stance of the church, Jenkins had this to say.

“I don't think that was the pope's point,” Jenkins said. “I think his main point is he wanted to focus our attention on God's love and mercy made manifest in Jesus Christ. The problem is the noise around those controversies often blocks our gaze from that central mystery, and he was trying to remind us that the fundamental message is about God's love and mercy for each and every one of us.”

To watch the whole video message for yourself, just head to WNDU.com and click on the Big Red Bar.


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