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1 Lumberhead  Oct 13, 2014 8:59:33am

Institutions like the RCC do not change overnight. Changes to long standing dogma will only come incrementally and this is a start. Obviously it isn’t satisfying for those are directly affected in a negative way.
Of course a new pope can easily reverse course and these small changes in attitude and tone will be cast aside.

2 andres  Oct 13, 2014 9:01:24am

You are right, it’s not impressive by itself. Attitude in the general population has been changing a lot faster.

What’s impressive is that the change is happening within the Catholic Church, no matter how small. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought the Vatican would accept this much.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  Oct 13, 2014 9:52:47am

One thing people don’t realize is that by electing a Jesuit, they election someone who _lived_ in the real world. Worked with and knew all the kinds of people that the hyper conservatives of the past few centuries have denigrated. He _knows_ better and is trying to have a faith that is alive (ala James, Chpater 2)

I pray daily that Francis will be pontiff for decades to come and that he will continue to be a force for reformation in his branch of the church catholic that whole time.

4 FemNaziBitch  Oct 14, 2014 12:13:54am

hmmm, gay men are human beings —officially!

and any woman?

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