Who Are We To Judge What The Fresh Pope of Copacabana Is Thinking?

Someone once said that if the Archbishop of Canterbury says he believes in God, that is all in the way of normal business; but if he says he does not believe in God, he is probably speaking honestly. Pope Francis, fresh off a rockstar Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio, said in a mid-air interview en route back to Babylon–Rome, pardon me–that “if someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Who am I to judge? So much for authoritative magisterial mediation of the boundaries of heaven, hell, and purgatory? Seems like most every day is casual day for Francis. In all–or some–seriousness, I think he is actually trying to focus on the big issues of global poverty and suffering, and revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church’s life in light of that focus. I imagine that making news now with comments on sexuality is his way of moving toward his plans to fry bigger fish.

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