Pope Francis stirs optimism, hope for acceptance among gay priests and parishioners

Jul 30, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: NJ.com

With one offhand phrase - "Who am I to judge?" - Pope Francis Monday brought encouragement and guarded hope to gay priests and lay people who have felt ostracized by the Roman Catholic church's strict stance on homosexuality.

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Since: Jun 07

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#1 Jul 30, 2013
I so much have appreciated this new Pope. He is a true man of God and of the people. I wish him the best. Most likely the Pharisees will have him killed off like Jesus because he preaches the words of LOVE and of GOD.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#2 Jul 30, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
I so much have appreciated this new Pope. He is a true man of God and of the people. I wish him the best. Most likely the Pharisees will have him killed off like Jesus because he preaches the words of LOVE and of GOD.
The new Pope isn't plowing new ground here.

He also isn't condoning homosexual activity.

Since: Aug 09

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#3 Jul 30, 2013
Dan wrote:
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The new Pope isn't plowing new ground here.
He also isn't condoning homosexual activity.
He can't. All he can do is hint at doing the right thing.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#4 Jul 30, 2013
RevKen wrote:
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He can't. All he can do is hint at doing the right thing.
He's doing more than hinting.

Treat gay people with respect, don't marginalize them, don't judge them.

“Boot to the Head”

Since: Jul 08

Mogadore, OH

#5 Jul 31, 2013
News flash!

Pope reiterates Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality.

"If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point beautifully but says, wait a moment, how does it say, it says, these persons must never be marginalized and “they must be integrated into society.”-Poe Francis

"Same-sex attraction is just one temptation among numerous others, and the fact that a person suffers from this temptation no more deprives him of the status of being a brother in Christ than any other temptation does." -Jimmy Akin

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#6 Jul 31, 2013
The context is the RCC priesthood:

Pope Signals Openness to Gay Priests

"When Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge gay priests, he opened the door to a new era of reconciliation within the Roman Catholic Church, which has struggled for decades to confront the presence of homosexuality in its ministry ...

"'Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?' the pontiff told a news conference in response to a question.'You can't marginalize these people.'

"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 ..."

Pope Francis opened the door to acceptance of gay priests inside the ranks of Catholicism as he flew home to the Vatican from his maiden trip overseas; he specifically stated that he wouldn't judge gay priests that aren't sexually active.

http://www.worthynews.com/top/online-wsj-com -...
Dan

Omaha, NE

#7 Jul 31, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
The context is the RCC priesthood:
Pope Signals Openness to Gay Priests
"When Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge gay priests, he opened the door to a new era of reconciliation within the Roman Catholic Church, which has struggled for decades to confront the presence of homosexuality in its ministry ...
"'Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?' the pontiff told a news conference in response to a question.'You can't marginalize these people.'
"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 ..."
Pope Francis opened the door to acceptance of gay priests inside the ranks of Catholicism as he flew home to the Vatican from his maiden trip overseas; he specifically stated that he wouldn't judge gay priests that aren't sexually active.
http://www.worthynews.com/top/online-wsj-com -...
His comments weren't limited to priests.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#8 Jul 31, 2013
Dan wrote:
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His comments weren't limited to priests.
"But he wielded his formidable bully pulpit to shift the tone of how the church regards homosexual orientation at its highest ranks ..." doesn't refer to laymen.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#9 Aug 1, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
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"But he wielded his formidable bully pulpit to shift the tone of how the church regards homosexual orientation at its highest ranks ..." doesn't refer to laymen.
I was speaking of the Pope's remarks rather than the reporter's.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#10 Aug 1, 2013
Dan wrote:
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I was speaking of the Pope's remarks rather than the reporter's.
The reporter was describing the context of those remarks as reflected by the headline, "Pope Signals Openness to Gay Priests" and the lead: "When Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge gay priests, he opened the door to a new era of reconciliation within the Roman Catholic Church, which has struggled for decades to confront the presence of homosexuality in its ministry ..."

Apparently this has something to do with the recent Vatican "Gay Lobby" (AKA "Lavender Mafia") remark by the Pope on a previous occaision.

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