Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Other Infallible Guy, Pope Francis, really cannot keep his mouth shut.

Although it was very nice of him to say that if he met a gay priest, he would distinguish between his sexual orientation and his character, no Pope should ever end a sentence with, "who am I to judge?"

No matter what the subject.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pep talk, Ex. I hope my family and I can come to an understanding some day. Until then, I need to watch what I say and do.

Incidentally, it was a discussion of Francis' comments that set my parents off yesterday. Funny that.

It certainly was nice to hear Francis say that homosexuality is not the end-all and be-all of a person's character. Sexuality is certainly a big part of an individual nature, but it cannot- should not- be the dominant aspect of their character. It seems that so many lesbians and gays make decisions based on, "How does this mesh with my sexuality?" Hence the group victim politics.

Hearing the pope say, "Being gay doesn't make you a bad person" was a pick-me-up, in some ways. Too often, I feel like even the most well-meaning of people let orientation inform their opinion of a person. I would be even more pleased if Francis declared that homosexual acts can originate from a place of genuine affection and self-giving, but I highly doubt that will happen. If he ever became "gay okay," there goes reconciliation with the Orthodox, a home base in Latin America and Subsaharan Africa after the West collapses, and the missionary effort in the Muslim world. None of which the Catholic Church can afford. So it's highly unlikely, if not impossible.

But please, couldn't he have thought of a less Protestant-sounding way to say it than, "Who am I to judge?" Lord give me strength. That question needs to be banned.


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