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Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about disciplinary regulations within the school system. Here are some of your answers…



“Pope Francis said in a press conference today that he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation– ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’

What do you think, Pike County? In a church known for being traditionally ‘anti-gay,’ is the Pope making progressive steps in the right direction? Is he in the wrong?”


Your Answers:

“Homosexual ‘acts’ are viewed as a sin by the Catholic Church. They are called to chastity, in other words.” – Marie E. Korte

“I think the Church has ALWAYS been anti-”sin”. He’s not saying that he has changed his views on anything that the Church views as a sin. To forgive sin whatever it may be, and accept sinners isn’t progressive- it’s Christian. It’s kind of what we do.” – Stacey Bibb

“I have a problem with anyone trying to rewrite the Bible in order to be politically correct.” – Kim Niffen

“I am not Catholic. But, like my Catholic friends, I am a Christian. I do not believe the Bible, which is the basis of our faith, can be twisted to fit our personal wants, “times we are in”, etc,. I do, however, believe the Lord spoke clearly regarding homosexuality, along with many other things we find easily acceptable in today’s society. It is not my place to judge homosexuals for the way they live life, for they will answer to God just as I will for the sins I’ve committed. Those people in my life who are homosexual know how I feel, and I love them for the person they are not for the partner they’ve chosen.” – Christina Allensworth

“There is more to his comment though, other than this one sentence:

Pope Francis was asked about Msgr. Battista Ricca, whom he named interim prelate of the Vatican bank. The monsignor, who had served in the Vatican diplomatic corps, was director of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where the pope lives.

Soon after his nomination was announced, an Italian magazine published a story claiming Msgr. Ricca had been sent away from a nunciature in Latin American when it was learned that he had a male lover.

The pope continued by talking about how ‘many times in the church, outside this case, but also in this one, we go searching for the sins — of one’s youth, for example — for publicity. I’m not talking about crimes here — the abuse of a minor is a crime — but of sins.’

‘But if a person, whether a layperson, priest or sister, goes to confession and converts, the Lord forgives. And when the Lord forgives, he forgets. This is important,’ he said, because those who want the Lord to forget their sins should forget those of others.

‘St. Peter committed one of the biggest sins ever — he denied Christ — and he made him pope,’ Pope Francis said.

Addressing the issue of the gay lobby, Pope Francis said it was important to ‘distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,’ he said. ‘A gay lobby isn’t good.’

‘A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?’ the pope said. ‘The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.’ ” – Ryan Bibb

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