The present Pope Francis, as has been rightly called, makes changes without changing anything..
In a chat with reporters he mas made some remarks amply expose the dilemma of the Church on Homo Sexuality.
But the line must be drawn to distinguish between consensual Homo Sexuality and Forced one, especially Sodomy practiced by the Priests.
But the question is.
Would the Pope use the same logic in the case of Rapes and Pedophiles?
On the papal plane on the way back from Brazil, the pope took questions from the press corps (a sign that John Allen, of New Catholic Reporter, suggests is indicative of Francis’ good mood). Among many questions, he was asked about the power of the “gay lobby” in the Vatican and recent accusations of homosexual activity by Battista Ricca, the prelate of the Vatican Bank. The Pope took this opportunity speak more generally about homosexuality.
As has been widely reported, he said (in Italian), “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” He noted that the problem with the “gay lobby,” if it exists, is not that these people are gay, but that they are a lobby (i.e. that the Vatican is a tangled web of pressure groups and rivalries). Finally, he chided the press for focusing on the alleged homosexual acts of Ricca, distinguishing them from the criminal matters like sexual predation on children. Criminals should be punished, but if Ricca sinned, then confessed, he must be forgiven. “When the Lord forgives,” the Pope said, “the Lord forgets.”
Francis said, according to a preliminary transcript released by the Vatican), to the role of women in the church (“On the ordination of women, the church has spoken and said no,” the pope said), to whether or not Dec. 8 will indeed be the date in which Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II would be canonized
“The problem is all the people who will want to come from Poland … many will take buses and by December the roads are iced. We have to rethink the date,” he said.
But by far, Francis’ most attention-grabbing statements came when asked about Italina media reports of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican.
“When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby,” the pope said. “If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency (to be homosexual) is not the problem. They are our brothers.”
- Pope Signals Openness to Gay Priests – WSJ.com (2012indyinfo.com)