Pope Francis’s unscripted comments about gay people (or perhaps just gay priests) – “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” is what it is. As a bisexual man and person of Catholic religious orientation, I enjoy the well-deserved attention it is receiving in the media.
Just when I thought: “Finally there’s a bit of good news in the world about religious traditionalists changing their minds and opening their hearts and setting a new tone that can usher in a new era in reconciliation between the straights and the gays!” wouldn’t you know it, a comment on the Facebook page for GaySpirituality.com from a reader who says:
He’s just another puppet for profit, his words mean absolutely nothing to me…
Out of context, that’s just closed-minded and mean. The man is the pope, for God’s sake, and he’s just made a landmark shift in tone that could change the shape of gay spirituality forever. And all you can do is call him a “puppet for profit”?
But in context… well, that’s the thing. I don’t know that man’s context. I don’t know what he’s suffered at the hands of homophobia and religious indoctrination. I can’t put myself in his shoes because I don’t know what abuse he’s gone through and why apparently he hasn’t healed from it yet to the point where he knows that the pope’s words deserve at least as much respect as the guy he would meet over the deli counter at lunch. Just because he’s the pope doesn’t mean you can call him a “puppet for profit”! Ouch.
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