Pope Francis Speaks of Equality for Gay Priests

Jayme Oakes
Aug 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

On his return flight from Brazil, Pope Francis spoke with the press corps, taking on controversial questions about the power of the “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The Pope said, “Who am I to judge a person of good will who seeks the Lord?” He elaborated that the problem is less that these people are gay, but that any lobby should exist in the Vatican, which contains many pressure groups and rivalries.

The Pope was strict, saying that those who commit criminal acts should be punished, but also noted that if a sinner confesses, he must be forgiven, “When the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets.”

Under Pope Benedict, Bishops were instructed to be biased against homosexual clergy candidates, but Pope Francis has suggested that homosexuals are no more likely to betray vows of celibacy than heterosexuals.

The mere fact that the Pope has made these remarks makes it more difficult for Catholic organizations to discriminate against homosexuals, and also for leaders within the Church to speak out against homosexuality.

Homosexual acts remain sinful in the eyes of the Church, as does all sex outside of the confines of marriage, but the vision that Pope Francis holds makes those who practice homosexuality not inherently enemies of faith.

The Pope has said that he expects a revolution in dioceses all around the world, and with his leadership and teachings on equality, it just might be possible.

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Alright time to take a tour through history. 

Pope Alexander VI Prearranged and participated in arguably the worst orgy in the Vatican History

Pope John XXIII 37 clergy members witnessed and professed against him on the following charges: Fornication, adultery, incest, sodomy, simony, theft and murder.

Pope Leo X  Famously used the sale of indulgences to finance the reconstruction of St. Peter's Basilica. 

Pope Innocent III This pope reportedly helped plan the murder of well over one million people during his papacy between 1198-1216.

This is a reflection of human nature. The most powerful person in organized religion is capable of great good, along with  extraordinary evil. To make the claim that the Popes comments on equality suddenly discredit the integrity the catholics view on homosexuals is to say that the Pope John XXIII actions suddenly made killing and theft just. 

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Lets look at this claim:

"The mere fact that the Pope has made these remarks makes it more difficult for Catholic organizations to discriminate against homosexuals, and also for leaders within the Church to speak out against homosexuality."

Replace "Pope" with President Obama

Replace "Catholic organizations" with Americans

Replace "homosexuals" with: NSA, Obamacare, IRS, EPA, "War on Drugs" ect.

Replace "Church Leaders" with Libertarian/Conservative Leaders

Replace "homosexuality" with: NSA, Obamacare, IRS, EPA, "War on Drugs" ect.

This new message will read: The mere fact that President Obama has made these remarks (Advocating the War on Drugs)  will make it more difficult for Americans to discriminate the "War on Drugs", and also for the leaders within the Libertarian movement to speak out on the "War on Drugs."

Sounds kinda silly huh? 

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