Well, I’ve heard more than once that there are claims of Roman Catholic prophecy that the number of popes will only reach the number at which Francis is at. As a fighting fundie, I do regard the Roman Catholic church as a Christian community, if a significantly erring one, and that prophecy might be spot on.
Don’t freak out.
The pope said a sin, once forgiven, is forgotten by God and so must be by onlookers. Nothing new, just Christian.
He didn’t say active gay-ness was OK, just that as for any accused priest of a gay trist - he investigated and found no proof to back it, so he wouldn’t judge the man unfit. We follow that in our Constitution no?
He said if an existing priest has such inklings and does not act on them, who is he to judge...not that seminarians are allowed in with such.
Jesus wants to heap mercy on us every time we repent (repent, go and purely intend to sin to more), even if we fail, fighting it, again and again, but fighting it tooth and nail. That’s growth. You can’t grow toward Christ if you’re still always weighed down by guilt over your past failures and eveil deeds, so he says repent and be freed of the weight and regret, go and sin no more.....the dude believes this stuff that Jesus said.
He also said to remember, we’re talking sexual sin, not rape of children!