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(NECN) - In his interview with American Magazine, Pope Francis called on bishops to make time for their parishioners and spend less time seeking the spotlight, in addition to making progressive comments on abortion, gay marriage, and the role of women in the church.
As of Friday, there was no comment from any American bishop, including Sean O'Malley, on the pope's interview.
Jeremy Clarke is a Jesuit priest and professor of history at Boston College. He is a native of Australia and an expert on the history of the Catholic Church in China. In addition, he has done extensive media interviews on the contemporary Catholic Church. He offered his insights on the pope’s comments.
“He’s changing the conversation. He’s actually saying ‘Why don’t we have a conversation?’ He realizes that because people have maybe focused only on those things, or exclusively on those things. It’s prevented people from having a conversation, and I think excluded people from that conversation,” said Clarke.
Clarke talked about how the church grows overtime, giving the example that the church used to have a different perspective on issues such as slavery. He explained that the conversation should change over time, based on what is affecting the people.
Watch the attached video for the full interview.