Last week, Pope Francis loosed a media tsunami by dropping a pebble of sanity into an ocean of religious angst. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he told reporters on the flight back to Rome after his trip to Brazil.
What did it mean? Was he changing church teaching? And how might it affect 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide?
Hundreds of news stories and thousands of blogs, tweets and commentaries later, most observers heard in Francis’ statement a proposal to end to his predecessor’s hard line on homosexuality. Pope Benedict XVI had barred men with “deep-seated homosexual” tendencies from seminaries, calling homosexuality an “objective disorder.” But Francis said gays who sought to live faithfully — that is, celibate — were not to be judged or excluded from the church.… Seguir leyendo »