Greg Burke, the Vatican's senior communications adviser, insisted Friday that Francis was by no means calling into question the papacies and priorities of his predecessors.
"The pope is not condemning his predecessors," Burke told The Associated Press. "What he is saying is 'We've spent a lot of time talking about the boundaries, we've spent a lot of time talking about what is sin and what's not. Now let's move on. Let's talk about mercy. Let's talk about love.'"I love Pope Francis! He gets it. He gets that people are more important than which side of an issue they stand on whether political or religious or something else entirely. Christ came not to condemn but to teach and love. Churches are supposed to do the same thing. The pope gets that we are here to help each other and learn from each other and love each other, and that we change lives for the better by being merciful and forgiving. Like the LDS president and prophet Thomas S. Monson, Pope Francis calls for increased love and compassion.