It’s Not What the Pope Said About Gays, It’s How He Said It

At first glance, Pope Francis’ statement on homosexuality, delivered today in an impromptu press conference aboard the papal plane, seemed to indicate a remarkable break with church tradition. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told journalists, as he flew from Rio de Janeiro to Rome. “The tendency […]

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A Papal Benediction

He has always been a man of paradox. A ferocious intellectual with a kindly face, a scholar in the arena, a German in Italy: Joseph Ratzinger, known to history as Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th bishop of Rome, defies easy categorization. So it was in the beginning, in the early months of his pontificate, when Benedict–variously caricatured as “God’s rottweiler” […]

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