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Published: Monday, July 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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higv
Dietrich, ID

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.

Madden
Herriman, UT

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.

Beart
SAINT LOUIS, MO

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.

Maudine
SLC, UT

Sounds like he is probably in support of the recent Boy Scout change.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

@beart
Gotta 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 members.

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