Rochester, N.Y. - The regions acting bishop says that comments made by the Pope last week, about abortion, contraception and gay marriage, has been the position of the church all along.
“People are struggling with these,” says Apostolic Administrator Robert Cunningham. “We have to reach with compassion and see how we can help him or her in the journey of faith.”
He says that all Catholic teaching stems from having respect for individuals, as a part of God’s creation and some Catholics need to be reminded of that part.
“We don’t need to spend all our time zeroing in on those specific teachings, the teachings of the church are wide, broad and cover a wide range of things.”
Cunningham spoke to reporters while discussing the diocese’s upcoming Catholic Ministries Appeal and told them that all Catholic teaching stems from having respect for an individual, as part of God's creation, and that rejecting others for their actions rather than accepting the individual and helping them understand the potential error they made is not what God teaches.
“The Catholic church is like a field hospital after a battle. You bring people to the hospital, to heal their wounds and once that’s done you build on that; building on the journey of faith.”