After reading many of the comments and listening to the thoughts of other Catholics reaction’s to Pope Francis’s comments on Gay lobbing, I am completely confused. As Christian’s we are challenged to live and proclaim the word of Jesus Christ. I thought everyone knew Christ came for one reason, to provide us with an option for everlasting life. Within this option, he gave us free will. Free will is the right to choose sin over life. What I heard Pope Francis say in his proclamation of, “Who am I to Judge?,” was, “Free will is given and judged by God alone.” If God gave us the right to choose sin over life with free will, in his statement Pope Francis is doing the same.
Politics aside, as Christians we are challenged to simply be Christian, accepting and loving one another in our humanness. Human beings sin. The hope is to bring those that sin back to a relationship with Christ through Christian works and faith communities. If we are to become so rigid that we are no longer Christians in loving others as God has loved us, then maybe we should evaluate our approach to our own faith, not the Pope’s. The fact that what the Pope said has become a critical issue in our society, speaks to how far we have come. However, the bashing the Pope has taken from other Catholic’s, the media, and Christian’s all over the world, speaks to how far we have to go on this journey of faith.