Pope Francis reaches out to gays, says he won't judge gay priests

  • Article by: NICOLE WINFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 29, 2013 - 8:50 PM

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — A remarkably candid Pope Francis struck a conciliatory stance toward gays Monday, saying "who am I to judge" when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.

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marketerJul. 29, 13 8:24 AM

The sun comes up in the West and cats are sleeping with dogs!! I wonder how our local autocrat (John C. Nienstedt) is going to accept that news? He just tossed millions at the gay marriage amendment, when it could have gone to the better good.

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charfieldJul. 29, 13 8:44 AM

While Pope Francis is still equating that homosexuality is a sin, at least he's beginning to move in the right direction. Now, if he'll start addressing the issues of celibacy and female priests, he may be able to save the Church.

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elwood76Jul. 29, 13 9:11 AM

Bully for the new Pope, treating gays, lesbians with level, even concern compared to "evangelicals" screaming and hollering all over news and commentary sections "LGBTs are the end of the world, God's wrath upon us, woe be to us, the sky is falling, the sky is falling !!", all the while remaining completely silent on their own hetero pre-marital experimentation, multiple divorces, their hetero children living together, hiding their own porn addictions, isn't that the Holy Book's very condemnation of "hypocrite" ?? "Evangelical" should mean sharing the "Good news of Jesus and His saving grace", through kindness and love, helping people find the keys to heaven for all of eternity, not driving people away from God by coming off as hateful, separationist & discriminatory. Bully for this Pope, I sense a renewed respect for the old Catholic faith with his leadership. Perhaps the Catholic Church will see a resurgence of their parishioners who have wandered off, maybe gain some converts ??? Now if Pope would just ok going back to priests being allowed to be married as they were long ago, then perhaps the empty spots would be easier to fill. Plus married people would have more faith in getting martial counseling from a married priest than one who has never tread those waters !!

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hardtimesJul. 29, 1310:08 AM

Maybe he will next accept married men and women as full clergy. That will dismantle the boy's club that has destroyed this church's credibility and led it into moral and fiscal bankruptcy. Turning out to be a good man. As opposed to his immediate predecessors as popes who were infinitely more concerned about tradition and the "rights" of priests than internal moral rot. Especially John Paul II who sat on his hands for twenty five years while his priesthood stacked up with active and unhindered molesters. He could not have cared less. Hide it all, ignore it all and protect "holy mother church". Some policy. All the pain, humiliation and bankruptcy could have been prevented had he acted. Now he is a saint per the church. Benedict took some weak steps but only under duress

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minnelusaJul. 29, 1310:31 AM

What gives him or anyone else the right to judge ANYONE?. He should follow the lesson that Jesus taught about judging.

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firefight41Jul. 29, 1311:46 AM

What gives him or anyone else the right to judge ANYONE?. He should follow the lesson that Jesus taught about judging. ***************** You mistake judging with the calling out of sin.

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braxozJul. 29, 1312:48 PM

A journey starting with small steps forward.

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hcanineJul. 29, 13 1:00 PM

God will judge. Catholics have always been a bit confused on where Man's place is relative to Scripture. People don't relaize that much of what the Catholic Church does is in direct contradiction to Scripture. So, what the Pope thinks of gays is of little consequence. But, it is a sign of the times, since most folks think the Pope is God's Earthly mouthpiece. Sad, how political bullying is even brainwashing the Pope. Homosexuality is wrong as noted several times in the Bible. Don't like that? Don't read it, but don't ever fool yourselves into believing sexual deviance is ok with God. Remember, Man's "wisdom" is but foolishness to God.

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presterjohnJul. 29, 13 1:19 PM

Of course it's not his place to judge, any sinner. It IS his place to point out sin. In the total context of his speech this is communicated clearly.

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mjcmspJul. 29, 13 1:39 PM

"Homosexual is wrong as noted several times in the Bible. Don't like that? Don't read it, but don't ever fool yourselves into believing sexual deviance is ok with God." ---- The bible also points out that cursing one's parents or adultery are punishable by death. It also lists as sins the cutting of hair, eating shellfish or wearing clothing of mixed fibers.

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