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ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRPLANE (CNN) –Pope Francis said Monday that he will not "judge" gays and lesbians - including gay priests - signaling a shift from his predecessor and offering another sign that the new pope is committed to changing the church's approach to historically marginalized groups.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said in a wide-ranging news conference aboard the papal plane.
Though answering a question about the so-called "gay lobby" at the Vatican, the pope's remarks seemed to signal a change in tone, if not in teaching, in the church's stance towards gays and lesbians more generally.
Originally posted by BlueMule
Why stop with gays?
Originally posted by Starwise
.But will he judge those Priests who use children in nefarious ways?
Originally posted by Phoenix267
Are you a Catholic OP? I was curious how the different Popes impressed you.
Originally posted by phinubian
The questions I have on this subject is who is worse, the heretic? or the hypocrite ? and who is the most credible?
Originally posted by ShadellacZumbrum
My question is what motivated the change of view?