What “He Said”, How We Interpret Pope Francis on Gays

I find it interesting to watch the interpretations and the perceptions of what he said and what it really meant.

I am speaking specifically about Pope Francis’ announcement.  Here is what he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Period.

Here is what a friend of mine, who is more to the right, shared on social media following the news

jokerNo actually that is not true

Pope Francis said, “Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Clearly this photo is a distortion of the truth.

So later I saw a post from a friend of mine, who is more to the left.

pope2

No that is not exactly what the Pope said either.  He did not say “Gay is OK”.   Here is what Pope Francis said, “Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Benedict signed a document in 2005 that said, “men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests”. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying “gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.”

This is NOT an open door of acceptance to Gay and Lesbian Lifestyle in the Catholic Church but instead a position of Love, Forgiveness and Non-Judgement.  It’s worth noting that both of these quotes were about Gay Priests not about the LGBT community as a whole.  One assumes Gay Priests because of their vow of celibacy are NOT acting on their Gay lifestyle and instead living a celibate life which would be in line with Catholic Doctrine which says, if you do not act on your LGBT desire then God forgives you.

Let me say as a Lesbian who was in fact raised Catholic and later turned to the Protestant faith before coming out as a Lesbian, I too want to hear the Pope say those words that being Gay is ok.  We are however,  no where near that yet and might not ever be in my life time. But I am grateful for the dialogue Francis has started about simply “Not Judging”… 2 little words that mean so much.

Two little words that if we took them and lived those 2 words in our daily life we could change much of what is wrong in today’s society.  It is a lesson for both the left and the right, STOP JUDGING.

How about this quote, “- Judge not, that ye be not judged”.  – GOD Matthew 7:1-5

or this one

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” –GOD John 13:34

How about we all just live one or both of those?  They came straight from the Big Guy Himself, GOD!

So Don’t Judge Me…

This is simply “My 2 Cents” on the Matter

GOD

One thought on “What “He Said”, How We Interpret Pope Francis on Gays

  1. I think nailed what the Pope was saying. Way to strip away the politics. I am Carholic and take the Church’s teachings very seriously. But rather than follow them like a sheep, I spend lots of time reading up on the teachings and issues. This is an ongoing dialogue, and we should always err on the side of love.

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