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Pope Francis’ Statement Shows Shifting Views in Catholic Church

Posted on: July 31, 2013

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Pope Francis is becoming known as a “pope of the people.”
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The Catholic Church is a 2,000 year old institution that is not known for change.  They still forbid women to become priests.  They don’t allow birth control, and they oppose gay marriage.  So, Pope Francis’ recent statements came as somewhat of a surprise.

He said, “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

It was a simple statement, but it got people’s attention, leading many to believe this pope is more accepting of gays than any in the past.

While Pope Benedict was known as a “somewhat distant professor,” Pope Francis is becoming known as a “pope of the people.”  He is more apt to speak freely about any topic.  In fact, while Pope Benedict only answered pre-selected questions when speaking with the press, Francis recently spoke for 80 minutes.  He answered any question brought to him.  It should come as no surprise that some of the questions related to his recent remarks.

In 2005, Benedicts XVI wrote that homosexuality was “a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” and an “objective disorder.” The church document said men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” should not become priests.

While Francis’s remarks never went against church doctrine, they were still revolutionary in such a conservative community. Now other conservatives are starting to echo his sentiments.  Ken Mehlman is one of those people.

Businessman Ken Mehlman is proof the dialogue is shifting.  He is bringing the topic out into the open and engaging in the discussion.  “Conservatives don’t need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans,” Mehlman wrote in a 2012 Wall Street Journal op-ed. And, slowly but surely, the conversations he and others are starting are beginning to shift Conservative and Republican opinions.

Perhaps we are seeing a new chapter in the church.  If the new pope is willing to crack the door open, just a little, that is progress. Nothing will happen overnight, but there is hope.

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