Who would have guessed a pope could cause worldwide liberal hysteria with one sentence?
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis said Monday.
Now, every left-wing media outlet in existence is gushing about a “sea change” or “compromise” on the issue of homosexuality, while sagely warning that “the church still has a ways to go.”
I wonder, not for the first time, what world liberals are living in? I get the sense that it’s chock full of unicorns, rainbows, faeries and vegetarian puppies.
Because you’d have to be living in a different world or a sensory deprivation tank to think that Francis’ statement was anything other than an expression of longstanding church doctrine, and for that matter, the feelings of most Christian churches on the subject of homosexuals.
See, the liberals hear the word “gay,” and then they notice that it’s the pope using the word, and they just go all atwitter. They’re almost universally ignorant of church doctrine to begin with, so they think this is something new.
But the operative phrase in that sentence is “he searches for the Lord and has good will.”
That’s the last thing agents of the Left would do, search for God with good will. What they’re after is a political change that would tear the church away from biblical teachings, something along the lines of Desmond Tutu’s statement that he’d rather go to hell than go to a heaven without homosexuality.
There’s no true spiritual respect or even understanding in such statements, just like there is none among those trying to bully the church into going along with the homosexuality movement.
What Francis said is related to Jesus’ decision regarding the adulterous woman: “I do not condemn you; go and sin no more.” The key to understanding that scene is that the woman repented, and she agreed to live a virtuous life (or at least attempt to do so).
The Catholic Church has homosexual priests, but they are expected to repent, remain celibate and teach the truth about the Bible and the church’s beliefs. Those who have slipped through and violated those conditions have been an endless source of grief for the church.
So, yes, if someone repents and seeks the Lord with a true heart, who are we to judge?
If, on the other hand, liberals start showing their ignorance of church doctrine and trying to use the pope to push their agenda, I for one say let ’em have it.