The pontiff also largely rejected criticism of his outreach to both China and Russia on Monday, insisting that the Vatican enjoys a “very respectful” relationship with Beijing and praising Russia for possessing a culture with “great beauty and depth”.
Why is it that the Pope can find a mutual respect and praise the beauty and depth in these two countries, who are not known for their tolerance or virtue?
And yet this is how he sees the US Catholics.
The situation in the United States is not easy: There is a very strong, reactionary attitude. It is organized and shapes the way people belong, even emotionally," said the pope. “I want to remind these people that backwardism is useless, and it is necessary to understand that there is a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals.”
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