Caveat: I am not a Catholic.
The pope, by my quick reading of this article, seems to be saying we ought to “love the sinner” and “hate the sin”, and by showing love to the sinner, they will be turned from their sin.
I think he says it in such a “roundabout” way, though, that the media is construing this to mean that governments and churches must tolerate sinful behavior within their society and pews. I do not believe Francis is saying this—he is talking, it seems to me, about bringing people to repentance and faith....
The Pope, I think, means well...but his words are being twisted....Benedict, though old, didn’t trust the media to rightly interpret any nuance...I think Benedict had it right.
I am a Catholic, and I believe the Church is still chock-full of homosexuals and pedophiles masquarading as priests.
Francis should first clean up the Church and then see what the attendance might be.
But. I really don't think so. I think we're in for a big problem.