Speaking to Caribbean bishops, Pope Francis attempted to unlink Church teachings from current controversies. Don't waste your time on politics. From Vatican Radio:
No to gender ideology, protecting the complementarity between men and women.
The complementarity between a man and a woman is being questioned by the so-called gender ideology in the name of a freer and more just society, the Pope observes. In fact, he warns, the differences between men and women are not a question of “opposition or subordination but rather of communion and generation… always in the image and likeness of God." Without mutual giving- he adds - neither can have an in-depth understanding of the other.
Bishops are united to face the country's problems.
The Pope invites the Church leaders not simply to pray but also to reach out in friendship and “fraternal aid" to address the many serious problems facing Puerto Rico. And, he warns them against "wasting energy in divisions and clashes." "The more intense the communion…the more it favors the mission," he says.
Pope Francis encourages the bishops to distance themselves from any ideologies or political trends that can “waste their time and a real passion for the Kingdom of God." Because of its mission, he points out, the Church is not tied to any political system so that it may always safeguard the transcendence of the human person.
The Pope inexplicably linked ministry to the family to migration, drug trafficking, unemployment and corruption. The Bear would like to see Pope Francis address "the family" as an important institution worthy of clear teaching by itself. Of course, any problem can affect families. There is the tiny, but real, risk that a meteor will strike some family. Unemployment affects many families. This begs the question of just what a family is. The world needs to hear a simple, straightforward lesson on this.