• Doc Anthony

    A lot of people have been waiting to see just where the new Pope really stands in light of the current gay-rights/gay-marriage juggernaut. He has made himself crystal clear when it comes to helping the poor and eschewing papal finery, but now it’s time for him to clearly tell the world where he really stands (and doesn’t stand) when it comes to the gay stuff.

    So far, the Pope continues to avoid giving exact answers (and that includes today’s remarks about “gay priests”), but apparently he knows he’ll have to take some risks and give some straight answers, sooner or later.

  • Ronald Sevenster

    From the core of unchangeable Church doctrine is clear enough that there never can be or will be a catholic gay marriage. Neither can there nor will be a redefinition of homosexual activity as mortally sinful. The friendly tone of Pope Francis has a pastoral objective, which is not to exclude people unnecessarily, but attract them to the Church, where they can find the opportunities of repentance and of pursuing a lifestyle which respects the commandments of God.

    The Pope’s saying that the homosexual inclination is not sinful should be interpreted according to the axioms of catholic moral theology. It just means that a person who unwillingly experiences same-sex attraction is not blameworthy. It is without doubt, however, that this attraction is a distortion of the natural order, which finds its deeper root in the general human condition of Original Sin. Although Original Sin itself is removed through Christ’s redemption, the damaging effects remain.

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  • As a former member of the Roman Catholic body who is continuing his journey in the Catholic faith via the Evangelical Catholic Church, I am happy to hear a more pastoral turn of a phrase from Pope Francis. I believe that it should be clear that there is a profound difference between accepting priest who are gay and accepting gay priests. When and only when the Pope and Roman Catholic Bishops end their lobbying against marriage equality and equal civil rights for gays and lesbians will the mantle of marginalization be lifted from the body of the Roman Catholic Church.

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  • Pam Neumann

    I find myself especially drawn to Francis’ call for a deep theology of women, because that just does not exist. I have been active in the Catholic church for over 20 years, and have sometimes gone where other women haven’t. The conversations with male counterparts, however, are not very fruitful because they are always held in the context of a male anthropology and spirituality. An exploration of this ‘deep theology of women’ by women primarily and respected by all, will open the hearts and minds of generations of women and men yet to come.

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