Pope Francis has been widely praised as a progressive figure on LGBTQ issues. Fueled by some of the pope’s comments on gay people (“Who am I to judge?”), some Democrats have praised Francis for his liberal views — with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, stating that Francis has led him to rethink his views on the Catholic Church.
As with everything about Pope Francis, the progressives and the MSM (same thing?) cherry pick to help craft their “Dream Pope,” who doesn’t (and mostly likely will never) exist.
The above “Who am I to judge?” line is a favorite of theirs and is almost always presented without the full quote, which is this:
If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?
The “searches for the Lord and has good will” part of the sentiment is obviously the qualifier for “Who am I to judge?” When only the latter is quoted, it has a “live and let live” feel to it that’s just not what Francis said or meant.
Here’s a line from his White House speech that isn’t getting much play in the press, although it was given a position of priority near the beginning of the remarks (emphasis added):
I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization.
Liberals seem to forever be surprised when the pope acts like the pope. They should relax — the church won’t be changing to their liking any time… in forever probably.