@beartGotta remind you that the minute this Church becomes a Church of men
and not THE Church of God then bye-bye to ANY veracity or validity for 90% of us
Sounds like he is probably in support of the recent Boy Scout change.
After having witnessed daily TV coverage of the papal visit here in Brasil, I
can say that this man will be good for important social change, not simply to
accept a more liberal attitude toward gays, but to help young people become
instruments of positive change, if they take his advice. That advice did not go
unheard by Latin American political leaders either, and so they need to watch
their backs, figuratively.LDS leaders would do well to follow the
example set by Francis, and be pro-active at encouraging members to be
compassionate and loving to all people and socially active and stress the
importance of principles over rules, an idea that seems to have lost much
importance in the church lately, especially at BYU. Hugh Nibley was right, too
many managers and not enough leaders in our times. Pres. Hinckley wasn't
afraid to confront issues. Others need to follow his lead.
I'm actually not sure how the LGBT community will take his words. I think
he is generally striking the right balance and tone - we do forgive the actions,
we don't hate the person. Many people will welcome his stance. However, the
fact that he holds a position that homosexuality is a sin which requires
forgiveness is blasphemy to some, even if the Pope uses reconciliatory language
like "who am I to judge?" in his comments. He is right - he is not the
judge. However, anyone who reads that line and infers that homosexual behavior
is suddenly not a sin and will be tolerated as acceptable behavior in the
Catholic church is misunderstanding.Hopefully we will find that
reasonable positions and statements like the Pope gave will lead to worthwhile
public discussions rather than rhetoric on this hot-button issue.
There celibate anyway. That is one religious thing I do not get is celibacy.
One of the causes of reformation. How can someone that has never been married
counsel a married couple in things they know nothing about. Good things they do
but celibacy is something I have a hard time figuring out.