One thing to always remember about Papa Francesco: on many issues, he's a decent guy trying to do the best he can to turn a 2000-year-old barnacle-encrusted supertanker of an institution onto a course that's more decent and humane than the one it's been on for most of its existence, or roughly since the Founder blew town having made the capital mistake of leaving his business for human beings to run. So, over the weekend, when he was asked whether HMC should apologise for its abominable treatment of gay people down through the millennia, Papa Francesco went about as far as he's likely to go. Per the AP:
He said some politicised behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being "a bit offensive for others." But he said: "Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?" "We must accompany them," Francis said. "I think the church must not only apologise... to a gay person it offended, but we must apologise to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labour, apologise for having blessed so many weapons" and for having failed to accompany families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.
(Think Progress has a good roundup of opinions from people in the LGBTQ community who are less than impressed by what the Pope said. They're pushing him to go further, which is good, and which is what's supposed to happen.)
Basically, once again, he is being critical of the institution for having committed, as the nuns used to say, sins against charity. But to get an idea of what he's up against, let's take a walk over to Josh's joint, where he points us to an interview on the subject conducted by Chris Cuomo with sweaty ultramontane shut-in Bill Donohue. From TPM:
Donohue argued that the Pope did not call on the Catholic church to apologise, but individual Christians who have offended gay people. "If a Catholic or Protestant or Jew or Muslim has offended a gay person, or anybody, of course they should apologise," Donohue said Monday morning. "But the idea of a blanket apology because you are a member of some demographic group, I mean, I don't know what church teaching is it that you have a problem with that maybe the church should apologise for?"
Later, CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Donohue, "Why did you spend so much energy on this? Why is it so important to you to denounce gays?" In response, Donohue lamented that CNN producers only wanted to bring him on to talk about the LGBT community. "I don't care what gay people do," he said. "I don't want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face, though. That's a different kind of thing altogether." "What do you mean thrusted?" Cuomo asked in response.
Nice, Cuomo. Very nice indeed.
From: Esquire US