Why It's Weird That the Pope's Acting Like a Christian
Kirsten Powers thinks other Christian leaders could learn a thing or two
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
Pope Francis smiles as he answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

(Newser) – Pope Francis' unorthodox actions—washing the feet of women and Muslims, extending an olive branch to atheists, and so on—have drawn worldwide attention, with some wondering if he's the most liberal pope ever. Kirsten Powers at USA Today sees it a different way: "Yep, Pope Francis is a Christian," she writes. His now-famous statement seemingly accepting gay priests—"Who am I to judge?" he mused—was "the most Christian of things" to say, an expression of love and humility. So why was everyone surprised?

Maybe it's because the public has witnessed an endless string of judgmental comments about gay people from mainstream Christian leaders. Pope Benedict said homosexuality was "ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil," Cardinal Timothy Dolan compared same-sex marriage to incestuous marriage, and Family Research Council darling Ron Balty called gay people "beyond sick." The list goes on. "Perhaps people would be less surprised by seeing a Christian in public life emulating Jesus," Powers muses, "if it weren't such a rarity." Click for her full column.

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Twiny
Aug 1, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
This is all bullshit, one huge PR blitz to buff the reputation of the Chief Thief. This Pope has changed NOTHING. He's told gay men that they aren't welcome in the Catholic Church as anything but repentant worshipers forbidden to practice their 'disorder', and he's told women they will never have a significant role in the Church. The status quo is maintained. If you're gay or a woman and you keep your mouth shut, they'll let you in so they can take your money. Meanwhile, the Vatican continues to protect their rapist priests and their Bishops and Cardinals who have defied the law and hidden their rapist priests. Francis and his predecessor both belong in jail.
Telos
Aug 1, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
Perhaps it is like this. The Pope is leaving open the possibility that some people naturally have homosexual tendencies. That does not take away the fact that they should not act out, just like heterosexuals. No fornication, period. Hence, the Pope's words are not much of an olive branch and this article overstates the importance of his words. Unless I am wildly mistaken, homosexuals are looking for acceptance to act, but I don't see that here.
793tango
Aug 1, 2013 7:25 PM CDT
A christian actually following the tenets of their faith. I like it. I'm not a christian nor do I have much use for most people who call themselves christian yet say and do things in direct opposition to christian teachings. But I have respect for those rare individuals who actually understand and follow the teachings of their faith.