Pope Says: Leave Gays Alone, Church Gets Locked Up in 'Small-Minded Rules'

wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam9/19/2013 6:05:37 pm PDT

I like this Pope, and I’m not even remotely Catholic. He may become one of the greatest popes of the Church, if he can nudge the Church forward into the 21st century and not let it slide backward to pre-Vatican II days.

After reading the interview, I can see a man who has a deep understanding of what it means to follow Jesus, not the American Jesus of hellfire and damnation but the original Jesus of loving-kindness, tolerance and mercy. If he can inspire the rest of his flock to follow suit, the Catholic Church may yet have an important role in the world.