It’s been huge news; Pope Francis says he “who I am I to judge gays?”. There’s been such hype over the comment like a revolution has just begun! While what he said was something that the Catholic church can be proud of, let’s make a few things clear:
- It doesn’t mean that Pope Francis condone’s “homosexual acts” (I”m convinced he doesn’t)
- It doesn’t mean he supports or is going to support gay marriage or other gay rights (he doesn’t and he won’t).
- In terms of accepting gay clergy, well, clergy are to remain celibate anyway according to Catholic tradition.
- He still denies that women can become ordained, even though he acknowledges the important role that women can play in the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church would never ordain anyone who disagrees with, or pose to challenge Catholic doctrine or tradition. It’s just the way it is and, to be quite honest, I find it very hard to believe that it’s going to change anytime soon, if at all.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Pope Francis is trying to reach out and clean up the reputation of the Catholic Church after all the controversies it’s experienced in the past, but it doesn’t change anything about tradiiton or doctrine.