Pope Francis Goes Where No Pope Has Gone Before

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pope francisAs you've probably heard by now, Pope Francis is making major headlines for a comment he made while in Rio de Janeiro last week for World Youth Day regarding homosexuality in the clergy

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

WHOA. Now, for anyone who wasn't raised unrelentingly, uncompromisingly Catholic (I was, in case you were wondering), the Pope's remark might seem relatively unremarkable. Big deal, it's not like he said he approved of being gay or anything. You call that progressive?? But here's the thing: Coming from THE POPE?! Trust me, that's the most progressive comment any pontiff has ever made. Pope John Paul II, for example, called the concept of gay marriage a "new ideology of evil." So ... see what I mean? 

Even more hopeful is this latest quote taken in the context of Francis' other tolerant statements:

On atheists going to heaven:

The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. "But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good." Yes, he can ... The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! "Father, the atheists?" Even the atheists. Everyone! ... We must meet one another doing good. "But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!" But do good: we will meet one another there.

On acceptance in general:

When a person or a society suffers devaluation and disintegration, certainly in the bottom of their hearts they lack peace and joy, and sadness nests. Disunity and contempt are children of sorrow. Sadness is a truth that belongs to the spirit of this world, and the remedy is joy.

On the importance of loving all people:

Those who love with all their being, even full of foibles and limits, are flying with lightness, free of influences and pressures.

Are you surprised by the Pope's comments about gay clergy? 


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nonmember avatar FarmersWife

So many are taking this out of context. Only The Lord is to judge. That does NOT mean he supports gays or that it is any less of a sin!

eupeptic eupeptic

Considering what Jesus originally meant to teach people about the afterlife (love, acceptance, non-judgment, etc. - not judgment, intolerance, idol worshiping, etc.), it's not really surprising, but rather a breath of fresh air for something that wandered so far off from what it was meant to be...

And being a bit nit-picky, everybody goes to Heaven/the spirit world no matter what. Not everyone is equally enlightened, though, so those who are less loving don't have the same experience and privileges as those who are more enlightened. Also, enlightenment is earned by being a loving, accepting, non-judgmental, etc. person, not simply received by asking for forgiveness and continuing to behave in an unloving manner.

numba... numba_1_stunna

I think it's wonderful. My in-laws who are born-again Christians and almost insane with it, think he is the Anti-Christ mentioned in Revelations.

lulou lulou

its something, now about that "he" in there

kelti... kelticmom

First of all, people are taking his qoutes WAY out of context. Read his entire comments. He is saying that if a person is gay, but seeks the Lord, it is not his place to judge them. Not that he thinks being gay is just fine with God. God judges, not man. And on the atheist thing, he said that we should not be afraid to bring the gospel to all, that the gospel is for all of humanity. I am Baptist, but I don't believe that just Baptists will be in Heaven. I believe there will be Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Amish, maybe some religions that will surprise us. Because anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord, they shall be saved. If a person truly believes, regardless of their color, language, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc - that person will be saved.

bills... billsfan1104

What Keltic said. And I am

Not surprised that he said it. It's what the Catholic Church has always believed, but you and other people who hate Catholics think otherwise and are surprised by his comments.

We are told to love everyone.

nonmember avatar Sarah

I feel like cheering right now. Even if he isn't full out approving being gay or anything, it's a step in the right direction.

I went to a Catholic school from 4th-8th grade. For years I thought the whole "Love everyone!" thing was a total myth, something we just told outsiders. It was a place so filled with hate it makes me sick just thinking about it. As it turns out, it's not supposed to be a myth. And it took my so long to figure it out. Catholicism is not about hate, it never was supposed to be about hate. I'm so incredibly glad that we finally have a pope who seems to at least be on the right track.

MamaD... MamaDV1012

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/pope-francis-gays_n_3669635.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular - This is the correct article, not the one linked above.  The Catholic Church does not teach that it is a sin to BE gay, but rather that it is a sin to act on gay sexual urges, much like a pedophile.  The Pope was not saying whether it was OK to be gay but rather that it is OK to be gay if you are not sexually active and you still live by the teachings of the Church, that is OK. 

astenken astenken

For someone who was supposedly raised "unrelentingly, uncompromisingly Catholic" you sure don't know much about Catholicism.  The pope is only re-affirming what the church has always taught.  People who are gay should be embraced because they, too, are children of God.  What is not embraced is homosexual activity.  The church expects gay people to be celibate, as they do everyone who is not married.  The church will NEVER accept gay marriage.  Love the sinner, hate the sin kind of thing.

hexxuss hexxuss

As someone who was in a (Roman) Catholic school for 4 years (thank GAWD it didn't affect me!), I can honestly say that things are NOT taken out of context.  What I was taught there was "love thy neighbor, as long as they are EXACTLY like you"  (the mixed race family had to go to COURT for their black sons to attend school there - the school FOUGHT IT!), and "anyone who isn't Catholic, needs to be, or they're going to hell".  Yep, it was pretty cut & dry. You're either WITH them, or you're the enemy.   People forget JUST how strict the papacy is historically.  Him saying that ANY other religion except Catholics can go to heaven is a HUGE deal!!!  I'm in shock over what he's said honestly, and I fear for his safety because of it.

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