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One of the most seminal moments of Pope Francis' papacy thus far was his response to a question about gay priests in 2013
My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.
“When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God is reflected in them,” the pontiff told an estimated 45,000
In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis made some noteworthy comments about the Catholic church and same-sex civil unions.
"Values are values, period," the pope said. "I cannot say that, among the fingers of a hand, there is one less useful than
In his talk on Thursday, Kasper did not offer any specific proposals, but repeatedly stressed the importance of pastoral
As part of that global effort, Francis has also made key changes across Europe and the U.S. In Germany, he moved swiftly
Catholicism is fundamentally constructed of a doctrine that very concretely determines the way of life and church politics. But Francis shows little nerve for change when it comes to this doctrine.
6. He doesn't want gifts for Christmas or his birthday, he just wants to hang out. Pope Francis raised some eyebrows this
Illinois lawmakers voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill on Tuesday in a historic vote that concludes over a year of
Although I'm not a Roman Catholic, it is time for me to go to confession and acknowledge that my fears may have been misplaced about Pope Francis.
What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.
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Pope Francis' Catholic Church isn't abandoning its anti-LGBT beliefs; it's just going to talk about them less often. The pontiff's comments were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion. They are, at most, a change of style, not one of substance.
In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.
To be sure, Popes do not change doctrine in off-the-cuff airplane interviews. The Catechism remains today as it was yesterday -- equal parts condemnation and conciliation. But something has changed, decisively so. And that is tone.
"His first one hundred days have already placed him in the category of world leaders who make history," said Vanity Fair
The pope met the French delegation of parliamentarians, who are members of a "Friendship Group" with the Vatican, on the
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.
Pope Francis reassures me, an atheist, that the "good" that I do will lead me to meet someone along the way -- but what about the fact that I'm a lesbian? Is doing "good" enough for only one divergence from the faith?