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posted Friday, August,2 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 31
OP-ED: 'Who am I to judge?' - Pope Francis's historic utterance may end Vatican's war on Gays
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OP-ED: 'Who am I to judge?' - Pope Francis's historic utterance may end Vatican's war on Gays

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Pope Francis may yet be the savior of the Roman Catholic Church. Whatever he turns out to be, right now he's a much-needed breath of fresh air. Take that from someone who has been an unabashed opponent of recent Popes.

From day one of his papacy, the new pope has proved to be different and a man of this time, not 500 years ago where the church has for so long been stuck. On his flight back from Brazil on Monday, he met with the press and made several startling announcements, so startling that it may end the truly ugly and hateful battle the church has waged against the LGBT community. First, he made it clear that Gay people could still be priests as long as they practice celibacy like heterosexual priests. That's fair enough - Gays must follow the rules like all others. His predecessors, Pope Benedict and John Paul II, both tossed out Gay priests and made it clear the rules did not apply to them. This is a sea change, regardless of whatever spin conservatives in the church might put on it.

SAYING THE 'G' WORD
Something else he said during that chat was not quite appreciated at the time, but says a lot about him as a person who respects diversity. He made the point that when speaking in Italian, each time he had to refer to homosexuality, he didn't use that word. Instead, he spoke that word in English and used the word 'Gay.' This was lost on most, but if you put it with his other statement - 'If someone is Gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?' - you can clearly see its significance.

Earlier this year, the Vatican establishment leaked a story to an Italian magazine about a 'homosexual lobby' in the church hierarchy. Responding to this, Pope Francis stated he had investigated the reports and found them groundless. He added that while such a lobby would be an issue, he did not have anything against Gays and that their sins should be forgiven, according to media reports. He said that homosexuals should be treated with dignity and that no one should be blackmailed or pressured because of sexual orientation. However, what he said does not suggest acceptance of anyone, priest or otherwise, engaging in homosexual acts.

What in God's name is up with the pope? Do you agree with his comments about Gays? Please take note of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Catholic Conference lobby in Harrisburg. These are the two organizations that make Pennsylvania the only state in the Northeast that does not offer dignity to LGBT people by having a nondiscrimination law. The most prominent lobby against that law is the Catholic Conference. They attempt to lobby quietly, but count this column as an end to that, for this columnist will continue to spotlight their activities if they continue to oppose nondiscrimination laws and try to shield pedophile priests from justice.

Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, has been recognized by the National Newspaper Association, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. He can be reached via Facebook or Twitter.

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