It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?!
No one is forbidding a sportsman with a nontraditional sexual orientation to come to Sochi. But if he goes out on the street and starts to propagandize it, then of course he will be held accountable. Even if he’s a sportsman, when he comes to a country, he should respect its laws.Russian minister of sports Vitaly L. Mutko • Discussing a policy, to be enforced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, banning the open display of “homosexual propaganda”—corresponding with a broadly-written law banning the outward display of “nontraditional” sexual relationships in the country. Mutko’s statement goes against an International Olympic Committee claim last week “that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.”
Liberals around the world applauded Pope Francis for meeting the bare minimum standard of human decency on Monday by saying, when asked about the possibility of gay priests, ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’Gawker’s Max Read with the best take on the news that Pope Francis appears to be willing to forgive gay priests.
saint-van-wonda-naps says: I think that making lgbtqia tabs unsearchable is superfluous. Just because someone is searching things that have to do with sexuality doesn't mean they're searching for sex. A lot of us on tumblr have discussions concerning these matters. I'd hate to see these discussions get lost to those who might very will need them.
» SFB says: Agreed. (More) — Ernie @ SFB
P.S.: This is the last one for now, but keep sending asks; I’ll post more later.
They lost in the district court, they lost in the court of appeals and they’ve lost in the United States Supreme Court. And I think we’ll be better off in this country if we stopped doing this sort of thing that is divisive and is hurting people who live next door, who work for us, who are our cousins and brothers and sisters.Former Solicitor General Ted Olson • Discussing an effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to stop the issuance of marriage licenses in the state of California, which started back up on Friday. The move was quickly batted away, without comment, by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday, though opponents could try asking another Supreme Court justice to consider the move. Olson argued in favor of proponents of same-sex marriage in court.