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Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 11:06 a.m. MDT

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ChristoperB
Salt Lake, UT

Isn't it interesting that he didn't say gays should be allowed to marry.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@chris b
Isn't it interesting you skipped right over this in the article "his insistence that priests be pastors, not bureaucrats?" I am sure the pope personally apposes gay marriage but he has the decency of not using his pulpit as a weapon in the culture wars, kin of his whole point throughout the article.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Spring, what does "appose" mean?

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ ChrisB: You are half right - the Pope did not say that the Catholic Church should start marrying same-sex couples.

The interviewer states, "...there are Christians who live in situations that are irregular for the church or in complex situations that represent open wounds. I mention the divorced and remarried, same-sex couples and other difficult situations. What kind of pastoral work can we do in these cases? What kinds of tools can we use?"

To which the Pope replied, "In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person."

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Maudine,

I agree a homosexual people should not be judged. Homosexual actions can be judged just as any other sin can be judged. Judge the sin, not the person.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Sorry, is against

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Chris B: The Pope said nothing about same-sex marriage - for or against. He said the Catholic Church should worry about souls not politics or laws, since a sin is religious and not social.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@chris b
I find it highly telling that you would place ourself above the pope who has stated it is not his place to judge others?

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Yourself not ourself

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

spring,

I don't answer to the pope.

Sorry Charlie!
SLC, UT

no? well you certainly hold yourself as a higher moral; authority then the pope holds himself which is tlling

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Chris B: Your first comment is that the Pope didn't say gays should be allowed to marry. In your 3rd post, you state that homosexuality is a sin. Spring points out to you that the Pope said not to judge, to which you reply that you don't answer to the Pope.

If you don't answer to the Pope when it comes to casting judgement, why should anyone care whether or not the Pope supports same-sex marriage? Don't same-sex couples have the same right to claim that they don't answer to the Pope?

You actually have hit the nail on the head - same-sex marriage should not be prohibited because the US government does not answer to any religious organization, whether it be the Pope, the LDS Prophet, an evangelical leader, or any religious figurehead.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Chris B
And the Pope's entire point, which you missed, is that he feels the church needs to place more emphasis on service, helping others, not focusing on judging actions, particularly when everyone knows the church view on the matter. Beating it over someone's head is hardly useful though some people seem to take a certain glee in it.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

"It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars!" Francis said. "You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else."

Very nicely put, Mr. Francis.

The LDS Church could learn a lot from this man. Instead of sending out 80,000 naive young salespeople trying to beat the world over the head with "We are the one and only true and living Church!" - nobody cares how "true" you arrogantly think you are.

Heal wounds!

And leave alone those of us who are not wounded.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Pope Francis has a moral conscience which makes him struggle. It is ever thus. I like the man.

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