ANDERSON, Ind. —
On Sept. 19, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that emphasis should be shifted to compassion, not condemnation, on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.
Sell said he supported the pope's words, and that they were particularly important in communities like Anderson, where poverty and homelessness are constant concerns.
"I think the Holy father is trying to say we need to be more concerned with the people in the pew and in the church," Sell said. "Focus on love and not condemning. And to be open to all persons, because God is open to all persons."
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