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Pope offers blunt critique of focus on gays, abortion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might ‘‘fall like a house of cards’’ if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the US.

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