Pope’s attitude towards gays is accepting, sets an example


Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the Popemobile during his inauguration mass at St Peter's square on March 19, 2013 at the Vatican. 


Over the past few years, Christians and Americans alike have steadily been growing more and more accepting of the LGBTQ community. This phenomena is highlighted by Pope Francis’ comments.

In a highly controversial interview with America Magazine, the Pope said “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage…it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” This is a direct reaction to him being under scrutiny for not addressing these issues enough.

When someone asked Pope Francis if he approved of homosexuality, he responded with another question, “Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject or condemn this person? We must always consider the person.”

Pope Francis’s opinion on homosexuality is not often mirrored by Catholics and other Christians.

People are more stunned than upset with his comments. There is no arguing that this merciful and understanding tone is what a spiritual figure such as himself should convene.

As political disagreements continue around the world regarding homosexuality and the freedom associated with it, these comments could not have come at a better time. There are 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide: the largest of any denomination. The Pope and his standpoint is an example that could very well be reciprocated by his followers.

Pope Francis also said “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge?” This is arguably the most powerful of all his statements.

Often times, many forget the principles associated with the monotheistic religions: it is not the job of the people to judge others, but the job of God. Pope Francis’ reminder of this is one that will resonate for years to come.

A line from John 8:7 can be directly related to this situation. A woman had been caught in the act of adultery, and brought to Jesus’ feet to see if the Messiah was really who everyone claimed him to be. The typical repercussion for adultery was stoning in this time. Rather than punishing, humiliating, or judging her, Jesus  said, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” This is a principle that must be adopted by those of all faiths and backgrounds.

The act of homosexuality causes no harm on other members of society. It does not affect our way of life— at most it will make some feel uncomfortable, although it should not.

Pope Francis and those who agree with him understand this, and know that every member of society and every life deserves to have the opportunity to live free of oppression.