Omaha, NE - Omaha Catholics are reacting to Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards."
Francis says the church needs to balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
"I'm certainly against abortion but I think there comes to be a way with the church that talks about what can be perceived and what is emphasized. I think all of the gospels are important," said Bill Goodwin, an Omaha Catholic.
Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in remarkably candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine.
Francis also said that the Roman Catholic Church had grown "obsessed" with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception.
"Those are a little too strong. People think the catholic church is obsessed with sex. And the Catholic church has just been teaching what they have taught for 2000 years. It's our society that has become so over concerned,"John Safranek said.
It was published simultaneously Thursday in other Jesuit journals, including America magazine in the U.S.
In the 12,000-word article, Francis expands on his ground-breaking comments over the summer about gays and acknowledges some of his own faults.
At our lady Guadalupe, Father Bernard Starman says the pope's message of focusing on more than a few issues has gained the support of many parishioners. He also defended signs in the church yard arguing against abortion.
"We're always going to stand up for the dignity of life," he said.
The AP contributed to this report.