He said what?

Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff comments to reporters during his flight back to Rome from World Youth Day are causing quite a stir.FrancisPlane

Richmond Catholic has learned that when it comes to news about the Church, it is best to ignore initial reports in the secular news media. The Holy Father’s “gay priests” remarks today provide a case in point. What he actually said was unremarkable — a ham-and-eggs paraphrase of the catechism.

If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency is not the problem … they’re our brothers.”

In fact, it is not clear from National Catholic Reporter John Allen’s transcript that this widely quoted comment was even intended a reference to homosexual priests. Allen clearly did not see Pope Francis as veering from established Church teaching.

Traditionalists, meanwhile, are worried that, in restricting the use of the Extraordinary Form by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Francis is telegraphing his hostility toward  Summorum Pontificum.

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