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I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, at which we would sing hymns, recite prayers and study the Scriptures. And the words and actions of Pope Francis have reminded me what I, as an outsider, have always admired deeply about Christianity, that its central message is simple and powerful – be nice to the poor. In 13 years of reading, reciting, and studying the Bible, I didn't recall seeing much about these topics.The church's positions on these matters were arrived at through interpretations of "natural law," which is not based on anything in the Bible.When the Anglicans decided to ordain female priests in 1976, Pope Paul VI presented a theological reason not to follow that path. Women could not be priests, he decreed, because Jesus never ordained a female priest. Wills even takes on abortion, opposition to which some Catholics have taken as fundamental to their faith. If you want to understand the main message of Jesus Christ, you don't have to search the scriptures.
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