Do not think that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Pope Francis does not like the Law it seems:
“This way of life of being attached to the laws, distanced (the Pharisees) from love and from justice. They followed the laws and they neglected justice,” he said. “They followed the laws and they neglected love.”
Go here to read the rest. The Pope seems to accept the trope that was popular back in the Sixties that Christ was all about love, and all the Church has to do is rekindle that spirit. That is a historically erroneous view of Christ.
It is interesting that the group that Christ so frequently criticized, the Pharisees, were closest in their teaching to what Christ taught. Like Christ some of them proclaimed the Resurrection of the dead, they believed in angels, they preached to the poor and preached to the rich a duty to help the poor materially, they believed that all men were brothers, and the list of similarities could go on at length. Those who were far from Him, the Sadducees, the Romans, the Herodians, Christ mentioned very little. He differed from the Pharisees in respect to ritual purity laws, such as the washing of hands, which He viewed as distracting from the leading of a moral life and preaching the Gospel. He proclaimed some rules that were much stricter than the Pharisees: his condemnation of divorce and his equating of lust with adultery are two examples. Where Christ differed strongly with the Pharisees was his belief that pride in righteousness was a sin that also needed to be repented, the tax collector and the Pharisee encapsulates this, and his forgiving of sins when repentance was made, which the Pharisees viewed as blasphemy, being horrified, most of them, by Christ’s proclamation that He is God.
In regard to rules, the Law, Christ often stated that He came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. He gave to His Church the power to bind and to loose, to make laws that carried on His mission to fulfill the Law. To attempt to draw a dichotomy between the love of Christ and the Law he fulfilled is to gravely misunderstand Him. Hopefully such a dichotomy is not what the Pope is trying to draw in his frequent fulminations against Pharisees.