Limbaugh is right. Somebody did get to Pope Francis. It was Jesus. Self-styled “defenders of Christianity,” like Palin and Limbaugh, peddle a profoundly unhistorical view of Jesus. Indeed, if you listened to those on the far right you would think that all Jesus ever spoke about was guns and gays.
Reza Aslan, a man known for his sick burns on religious issues, dropping more sick burns.
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.
It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people. … Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter. Permit me to say that we must be almost obsessive in this matter. We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths.’Pope Francis • Speaking to an audience of bishops and priests in Rio de Janeiro on the need for members of the Catholic Church to reach out to the public. The trip to Brazil is the Pope’s first trip abroad since first taking over for the still-alive Pope Benedict.
Never in a million years would I intentionally hurt another person. Yet, here I sit having hurt so many by failing to acknowledge the pain some affiliated with Exodus International caused, and by failing to share the whole truth about my own story. My good intentions matter very little and fail to diminish the pain and hurt others have experienced on my watch. The good that we have done at Exodus is overshadowed by all of this.Alan Chambers, former president of Exodus International • Apologizing to the LGBT community in a new letter posted on the official Exodus International website ahead of a new Chambers family interview with Lisa Ling which will air on Thursday night. Alan Chambers has apparently decided to close Exodus International, citing his changing beliefs and recognition of the irreparable harm the group has done, and is taking quite a bit of flack over the decision. source
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone!…We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.Pope Francis, proclaiming that even non-believers will be redeemed by Christ, as long as they “do good” (not all Christians subscribe to this theory). source