I’ll share more on the “Papal interview” next week. But, until then, a few early thoughts from me on the significance of the Pope’s comments:
Over the years, I’ve often cried over statements made by popes and bishops. I’ve grieved as someone rejected, and I’ve watched others go through the same painful process. And yet we’ve kept praying. Most importantly, we kept listening and responding to God’s call in our lives — lives that are sacred, vocations that are guided by the Holy Spirit. In the past 24 hours I’ve cried many tears of hope and anticipation. Not because the Church now accepts me. Not because Church teaching has changed (it hasn’t). But because we have in Pope Francis a leader who has shown us the way back to the path of a Church that is about the saving power of Christ Jesus. A Pope who is taking us back to a Church that puts love before judgement, humility before righteousness. Tears well spent.