It seems as if Pope Francis has opened the door, ever so slightly, to a more open policy towards gays in the Catholic Church. When asked about gays in his airplane interview following his trip to Brazil, he famously responded: “If a person is gay and follows the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge?” While the interpretation of this statement has become a kind of theological Rorschach test — people see in it what they want to see in it — the pope himself has issued no clarifications. He seems to relish the ambiguity.
But if we see this statement as an olive branch, as an effort to accommodate to the Church people with same-sex attractions, then we are entitled to ask Catholic institutions to take the next step: Catholic entities, especially Catholic schools, should stop firing gays and gay-rights supporters. After all, the immediate context of Pope Francis’ “who am to judge?” came amidst calls to fire Monsignor Battista Ricca from his position at the Vatican Bank after he was revealed to be gay.
Read the rest of this post, here on the Dr. Reid’s Huffington Post blog.