By Irene F. Starkehaus -
The good news is that Synod 14 (delivered to world Catholics on October 18, 2014) indicates that the majority of Catholic Bishops and Cardinals worldwide are still unwilling to jettison five to ten thousand years of Judeo-Christian teachings (depending on who you ask) to appease the progressive, global hostility aimed at these views.
The bad news is that Pope Francis solidified the growing perception that he is willing to play ball with practitioners of moral ambiguity when he stressed his readiness to adapt Catholic views on marriage to incorporate non-traditional lifestyles.
Make no mistake. The Pope's equivocation endangers freedom and will ultimately jeopardize the lives of those who remain true to their faith. By vacillating, Pope Francis nurtures and cultivates the hostility that will lead to religious martyrdom in the free world. Additionally, he endangers countless souls who only know Catholicism through what they read in USA Today.