According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pope's comments about homosexuality came in the context of a question about Roman Catholic priests who are gay.
"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."The pope was traveling aboard a turbulent overnight flight to Rome from his first overseas trip—a journey marked by his plain-spoken appeals to Catholics to reground the church in grass-roots ministry—when he broached the delicate issue of how the Catholic hierarchy should respond to clerics who are gay, though not sexually active. In doing so, he departed from the posture that has long shaped papal thinking on gay priests.
Pope Francis reaffirmed church teaching by referring to homosexual acts as a sin. But he wielded his formidable bully pulpit to shift the tone of how the church regards homosexual orientation at its highest ranks.
The Bible and Christianity is about love above all. I salute the new pope for his courage in speaking out on this issue and extending a positive loving hand to all children of God irrespective of their sexuality.
But then who are we to really judge anyone?
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