Although the pope did not suddenly change the church's view that LGBTQ people should remain celibate, whether as priests or as lay people, he did tell Christians around the world that it's time to live up to the highest values of the faith rather than descend to base disrespect for human beings.
Who exactly is not being judged here? Gay Vatican bureaucrats, gay priests, or gays, period? And does it really matter? At the risk of being a nitpicking professor, trained in the close-reading habits of a literary scholar, I would argue that it does matter.
Meier is optimistic that the pope's words may allow more Catholics to change their opinions on gays and lesbians. "I love
Having railed against gay marriage back when he was in Argentina, only to lose that battle, he may be seeing that the handwriting is on the wall and that he's got better things to do. And that can only be a loss for anti-equality advocates who hoped the pope would loudly lead their crusade.
There has been a debate in the Catholic Church on whether or not gay men should be ordained. It's a silly debate, because many gay men have already been ordained. Many will be ordained this year. The debate should center around whether or not priests should be celibate, or whether marriage for priests should be allowed.