July 29th, 2013
08:48 AM ET

Pope Francis on gays: 'Who am I to judge?'

By John L. Allen Jr. and Hada Messia, CNN

Aboard the Papal Airplane (CNN) - Pope Francis said Monday that he will not "judge" gays and lesbians, including gay priests, signaling a shift from his predecessor and offering another sign that the new pope is committed to changing the church's approach to historically marginalized groups.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said in a wide-ranging news conference aboard the papal plane.

Though he was answering a question about the so-called "gay lobby" at the Vatican, the pope indicated a change in tone, if not in teaching, in the church's stance towards gays and lesbians more generally.

The pope was flying back to Rome from Brazil, where he spent the past week celebrating World Youth Day, an international Catholic event that drew millions.

Taking questions from reporters aboard the plane, the pope addressed nearly every hot-button issue facing the Roman Catholic Church: its alleged "gay lobby," Vatican bank corruption, the role of women, abortion, homosexuality and his own personal security.

But it was the pope's remarks on homosexuality - the fact that the head of a 1 billion-member church said that it's not his place to judge gays - that caused the widest stir.

"Pope Francis's brief comment on gays reveals great mercy," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America, a Catholic magazine based in New York.

"Today Pope Francis has, once again, lived out the Gospel message of compassion for everyone," Martin said.

The pontiff spoke  for an hour and a half in the back of the plane that was carrying him back to Italy after his first international trip as pope to Brazil, where he was greeted by massive, frenzied crowds at every turn.

"I'm happy. It has been a beautiful trip, spiritually speaking; it has been good to me. I'm tired enough but with a heart full of joy," he said.

Here are the highlights from his press conference.

On the 'gay lobby' and homosexuality

The pope addressed the issue of an alleged "gay lobby" within the church. Hints that the Holy See contained a network of gay clergy surfaced last year in reports about a series of embarrassing leaks to Italian journalists.

The "Vatileaks" scandal factored in Benedict's shocking decision to resign this year, according to some church experts, as it impressed upon the 86-year-old pontiff that the modern papacy requires a vigorous and watchful presence.

"There's a lot of talk about the gay lobby, but I've never seen it on the Vatican ID card!" Francis said.

"When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency (to homosexuality) is not the problem ... they're our brothers."

The problem, he said was, lobbies that work against the interest of the church.

In 2005, during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican issued directives barring from the priesthood men "who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture.'"

Francis' brief remarks seem to signal a sharp shift from that policy.

On women

The pope also spoke out about the role of women in the church, saying it needs to be deeper and not end. But he brushed aside the possibility of ordaining women as priests, saying the church had spoken on the matter: "The church says no. That door is closed." He did say that more work needed to be done theologically on the role of women in the church.

On abortion

Pope watchers have noted that Francis said little to nothing about abortion on his trip to Brazil. Abortion is illegal in Brazil, except for cases in which the health of the mother is at risk. Laws were recently changed to allow abortions in cases in which the child would be born with certain life-threatening birth defects.

The pope said he had nothing to say on the trip about abortion because the church teachings against it were clear and this trip was the time for "positive" news.

On divorce

"I believe this is a time of mercy, a change of epoch," the pope said when asked about divorce. He said the group of eight cardinals tasked with reform will explore the issue of whether divorcees can receive Communion, which they are currently barred from doing.

On the Vatican Bank

The pope conceded he was unsure what to do with the Vatican Bank, which is known by its acronym IOR.

"Some say that it would be better if it were a bank, others say that it should be a foundation. Other say to shut it down. These are the suggestions going around. I don't know. I trust the commission's members that are working on the IOR. But I wouldn't be able to tell you how this story is going to end."

And as for what was in the black leather bag he carried onto the plane? A razor, a prayer book, a diary and a book about St. Theresa, but, the pope joked, "Certainly not the keys to the atomic bomb!"

He said he carried his own bags because, "It's normal, we have to be normal. We have to be accustomed to being normal."

CNN's Eric Marrapodi and Daniel Burke contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Brazil • Catholic Church • Pope Francis • Vatican

soundoff (3,302 Responses)
  1. vlad tepes

    better call the church. better call the police. better call the church police.

    September 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • doobzz

      "So y’all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband cause they be rapin’ everybody out here.”

      September 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Benjamin


      September 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  2. abdallah777

    ..1...,((( O mankind! Say No God But Allah, Achieve Eternal Salvation )))

    " Laa ilaaha illallah " (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.)

    ( I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger )

    ( Introduction to Islam

    September 18, 2013 at 2:11 am |
    • Benjamin

      Very nice your belief is respected but not relevent on this article buddy! No relevence at all only intended to provoke people who are readily arguementative... not cool at all.

      September 18, 2013 at 3:28 am |
    • a.strope

      The violence perpetrated by islamists does little to support your writing. Peace is the answer, not jihad, Christ taught peace, Mohamed was a prophet to some and less than prophet to most...........

      September 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  3. Pam

    I am neither a gay or a lesbian. Nor am I catholic. But I believe that the Pope is right. Who are we to judge? That decision is up to God, not to a man or women. When ever we reach our finally destination then all of us will have to answer to who ever
    created this plant full of people who think that their way is the only way. People who think that what they believe is the only
    way. People who can not sit down and figure out the answers to world hate, greed and world hunger.

    September 18, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • Diana

      Yeah lets not judge the rapists, child molesters and murders too. Another idiot who doesn't understand the Bible. Satan is lhao

      September 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
      • Benjamin

        Take care of those things, Caesar to Caesar and God to God. Those are not similair comparisons because those are punishable crimes yet need forgiveness no sin is great or small.

        September 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Reipkter

      Who are we to judge other deeds that we deem are crimes then, We are not God?!

      September 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  4. Liss86

    He seems pretty progressive for a catholic. How sad is that?

    September 18, 2013 at 12:17 am |
  5. ian

    He is right, it is not our job to judge but if people think God is ok with the Gay lifestyle they are mistaken.

    I have many gay and lesbian friends and I don't judge them but God looks at this as sin, plain and simple. Look what he did to Sodom and Gomorrah.

    September 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • McCave

      You are right. Very well spoken.

      September 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
      • Anti-delusional Antediluvian...

        He is actually wrong. The bible says So dom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they were filled with wickedness and the only account given to describe this is the men of the city who demand Lot give over the two angels so they could r a p e them, so instead Lot offers his virgin daughters in the angels stead. They were not destroyed because they were "gay" but becuase they were violent r a p i s t s.

        September 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • Levi 2013

          EY! Don't you know me, don't I look/sound familiar to you?

          September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • laramus

      I am gay. I am curious what is the gay "lifestyle" you are referring to? Is it the people I hang with? The restaurants i go to? The music I listen to?

      September 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
      • doobzz

        I think he means stuff like watching "Will and Grace", and eating lots of chocolatey things ALL ZE TIME.

        September 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • debbie

        let's be honest. we can fool ourselves but not God. The truth will set you free. He doesn't condemn anybody for being gay or lesbian but what God condemns is the "act" of doing what is evil in God's eyes. You were not born yesterday so you know what "lifestyle" we are talking about here. Let us hate the sin not the sinner. God's mercy is immesuareable there's still hope as long as someone believes that God can forgive him/her.

        September 20, 2013 at 5:12 am |
        • sam stone

          let's be honest, debbie, you have no more authority to speak for "god" than does anyone else

          September 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • taffylinden

      God is omniscient, but you are not; therefore, you cannot know the will of God. Yes, I know, you read the Bible, and in the Old Testament, you find some ancient prohibitions, but Samuel 16:7 clearly states humans, with our limited "sight" can't see what God sees and so can't judge as He judges.

      But you know, the article isn't about whether this couple's son is a sinner or not. It's about the agonizing grief of parents who lost a son through mental illness. I'm not a Rick Warren fan, but let's have some compassion toward the Warrens and all grieving parents.

      September 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
    • reldra

      It is the worst sin to say you know the mind of God.

      September 18, 2013 at 3:16 am |
      • Justin

        "But we have the mind of Christ."

        September 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Douglas

      The Bible condemns gay relations in both the Old and New Testament.

      We should hate the sin but love the sinner.

      Similarly, the Catholic Church teaches that gay relations are wrong but gay folk should be respected as human beings and not harmed. This is where the Pope's logic comes from.

      September 18, 2013 at 3:28 am |
      • sam stone

        you sure are obsessed with gays and gay relations, doogie

        September 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Doris

      Good grief, what a load of BS. ian says it's not our job to judge and then turns around and does just that based on who knows what – certainly not something that anyone can agree on as some "inerrant word of God". Douglas is another fundy who doesn't seem to understand the conflicted circle within which he is trapped in the same regard. Good questions, laramus. And taffy seems to have good intentions, although I think you were replying here thinking you were still on another article.

      September 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • Levi 2013

        Ya all hear and do what I've said and this world becomes a better place.

        September 23, 2013 at 8:36 am |
  6. Jim

    One simple statement, then pages of stiff necks roiling over their meaningless imaginations and expositions. The shallow and the deep of thought. None right, none wrong. Why do you all vex yourselves with the law. Jesus said he came to fulfill the law, which was to say only God can be perfect/mature in all the sayings of the law thereby becoming God and man at the same time. He no longer judges the world because there is therefore no more condemnation. The world has already been judged. Believers and nonbelievers alike are already starting their existence in the judgement that was given them from the cross. You have to either accept Him or reject Him. He's already judged. Now it's time for you as individuals to make yours. Do you judge Him as a God/Man being or just some sap who was half crazed with a God complex? The answer to that is your judgement. The Pope is no more divine than I am. He doesn't speak for me.

    September 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • sam stone

      judgement is a bad joke. apparently, you fell for it, jim

      September 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  7. m

    Finally, a man of true faith and wisdom is pope!

    September 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Benjamin

      I agree and also I feel it pressed upon my spirit there is too much bickering amongst ourselves here. Jesus has not been sent to the seeing but to the blind. Pray we may be blind so that we may see and when we see we go out and share the good word for who has a light and covers it in a building and is forgiven a debt but greedily charges the blind for the same errors they have just been relieved from! God has a plan and we are not in any way or shape to cast stones in our tunnel vision but to prayfor continual mercy and rest in grace!

      September 16, 2013 at 4:58 am |
      • doobzz

        " Pray we may be blind so that we may see and when we see we go out and share the good word for who has a light and covers it in a building and is forgiven a debt but greedily charges the blind for the same errors they have just been relieved from! "

        What a load of delusional horse shit.

        How about you keep your "good news" in your church and your home where it belongs and leave everyone else the fuck alone. That includes our public schools, our justice system and our government, you arrogant, pious asshole.

        September 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  8. Palm Coast

    I think he's a good pope. But who am I to judge...

    September 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  9. Why do Christians eat SHRIMP?

    If you call yourself a Christian, why don't you follow Christ's words when he said:

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."

    Is the EARTH still here? Yes? THen not everything is accomplished, and ALL of the Levitical Laws are STILL in effect. No shrimp, no cheeseburgers, no lobster, no 50/50 Cotton/Polyester T-shirts, no males speaking with menstruating women... Got a brat for a kid who doesn't mind you? You are OBLIGATED to take the brat to the city gates and there stone him/her to teach other children not to be recalcitrant. You're also allowed to sell your daughters into slavery.

    Do Christian men burn goats while they are still alive to cleanse themselves of the abominable sin of speaking to a woman who's on her period? Do Christian women segregate themselves while they're bleeding and on the rag as they are commanded to do?

    Why not? If Christians can point to Leviticus and say "GAY IS BAD" then why do they eat shrimp and do all these other things (or not do all those things) they're commanded to not do (or do)?

    Dear Christian – in order to answer this question, you must quote a biblican quote that completely nullifies what Jesus said in Mark 5:17, and you can't use that CHARLATAN Paul to do so.

    Paul wasn't a Christian, BTW. He never quotes anything Jesus ever said, he makes crap up as he goes along, and he didn't convert to Judaism, which is REQUIRED to be saved. Remember – Jesus was Jewish, and he said you must STILL OBEY THE LAW to be saved. "NOT THE LEAST STROKE OF A PEN WILL BY ANY MEANS DISAPPEAR FROM THE LAW."

    No exceptions. No rationalizations. No excuses. No picking and choosing what you want and ignoring the rest.

    You either swallow the entire bat-crap-crazy-story whole – or you reject the whole thing as a fairy tale. You can't have it both ways.

    September 8, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • TomB

      I find this pope even more unpleasant than the previous one. He is definitely going for the popular vote by appearing liberal, humble and open to progress but the vatican, under his leadership, have just pushed through internal laws that protect pedophiles. http://ow.ly/of2Lq Put your smiley, poster-boy face on that one Francis!

      Besides, if I were gay I'd find this posturing offensive. Why should gay people care about the approval of this man in a dress who protects pedophiles?
      So much hypocrisy.

      September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • TELew

      It is my understanding that Paul was a Jew, so he had no need to convert to Judaism.

      Other than that, I agree with you.

      September 12, 2013 at 9:18 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      lol?? Pithiest, YES!!
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Act 10:14-15 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

      September 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
    • lol lol

      ummm nooooo..... lol read the Bible. It has prophecies in the old testament where it says there will be a savior (Jesus), and He will come to abolish the law. Because the law was so harsh that nobody would be saved if living solely by it. Jesus changed all that and now we live by Grace. So if you read the new testament, Jesus tells us to love our God, love each other and love yourself. Obviously if we love others and ourselves and God, we are following the commandments. We live by grace and thanks to His Mercy we are forgiven when we sin. If you read Matthew, Marks, Luke and John you will understand more. 🙂

      September 15, 2013 at 1:26 am |
      • Rob

        Actually, Jesus never fulfilled the prophecies that are attributed to being about him, that's the precise reason the Jews don't believe he was the Messiah, they didn't 2000 years ago, and they don't now. At the end of the day, Jesus preached about love and foregiveness, Christians have spent the last 1500 years hating anything and everything that wasn't Christian.

        September 15, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • counter

      Your lack of understanding is evident in your critique of Paul, the TOP apostle of Jesus Christ. better reread Romans.

      September 15, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  10. Duncan Dhonutz

    I'm confused here. Isn't the Pope supposed to represent Jesus Christ? Then doesn't it mean that Jesus Christ is
    supposed to judge us? Is this Pope on dope? Sum ting wong heah? Can somebody explain why the Pope can't judge
    gays? This is the real Pope..right? I mean...is there another guy out there claiming to be the Pope?

    September 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
    • tallulah13

      “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

      Luke 1:76-78 (New International Version, ©2010)

      I get that you personally hate gays, but Jesus is very clear on the whole judgement thing. The pope is doing exactly as advised by Christ. See, this is the problem with too many believers. You skip right over all the good things Christ said (like "turn the other cheek", and "let he who is without sin cast the first stone.") so you can get to the old testament parts where you can hate and hurt to your pathetic little heart's content.

      Sad that an atheist has to defend Jesus and the pope from people who just want to use them as an excuse to do harm.

      September 3, 2013 at 12:01 am |
      • Duncan Dhonutz

        I don't hate gays or anyone. I'm not even a Christian...I used to be one...but no longer.
        I'm just trying to understand why this Pope says "Who am I to judge"? If Popes can't judge....who can?
        Something doesn't seem right....when I read that the Pope says "Who am I to judge"?....Does any one understand what I mean?

        September 3, 2013 at 2:09 am |
        • Chris89178

          The Bible says Christ came to Judge (John 9:39; 5:22) and call sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17) Leviticus 18:22 says that these practices are "a detestable thing." Also 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says those who practice these acts "will not inherit God's Kingdom." Jesus did not condone any sins that violate God's laws and neither should the Pope if he is trying to teach truth and lead people to Christ. Christians should not consent with those who practice these acts. (Romans 1:32). Since the Bible condemns these practices, is the Pope and the Catholic church teaching God's views or a liberal society's views? Marriage was not meant to be defiled by such practices (Hebrews 13:4) and did not originate from a modern liberal agenda.

          September 3, 2013 at 9:22 am |
        • LeRoy_Was_Here

          The Bible also says eating shellfish is an abomination.

          If you've ever eaten clam chowder, you're going to HELL, dude. You shall roast in the hellfires of damnation for an ETERNITY!!

          Have a happy afterlife.

          September 3, 2013 at 10:19 am |
        • Chris89178

          Leroy_Was_Here – If you are going to read scriptures, be sure to read ALL of them, not just the old mosaic law about shellfish!! Read Acts 15:23-29 – "The Holy Spirit and we ourselves (the apostles) have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication". That last one "Fornication" also includes h.o.m.o.s.e.x.u.a.l. practices. You atheists pick and choose what you will read from the Bible or even a history book. Hypocrisy works both ways.

          September 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
        • LeRoy_Was_Here

          Fundamentalists claim the Bible is 'inerrant'. So nothing in it can possibly be wrong. And never mind all the contradictions. Such as the one you just pointed out.

          September 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
        • Observer


          Since there is close to no chance you agree with all of the Bible's views on marriage, what is your point?

          September 6, 2013 at 2:34 am |
      • Joy

        Tallulah13, I'd recommend a semantic study of the word 'judge' in the Bible. Here is a link that compares the uses for you: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/637-dont-judge-me. As the articles states, "An evaluation of the collected biblical evidence clearly demonstrates that the knowledgeable student of the Scriptures will not make such foolish statements such as: “It is wrong to judge.” There is a wrong way to judge (and surely the best of people err in this manner on occasion), but there also are right ways to judge, and these must not be neglected due to a misconception of what judging actually is."

        September 17, 2013 at 11:56 am |
        • Benjamin

          And yet here is an example of a "Pharisee Syndrome"

          September 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
        • sam stone

          i do not fear the judgement of any "god"

          those who would allow another to take the punishment they feel they themselves deserve are cowards

          yet, not only do christians line up to do exactly that, they brag about it "jeebus died for my sins"

          September 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Sue

      Please put what the Pope said in its context. He cannot reject them if they repent. Simple as that

      September 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
      • Chris89178

        Repent? Most of these people don't want to admit what they do is contrary to nature. Everyone is sinful but not everyone acts upon wrong desires. God was clear the acting upon sinful desires was the problem just like an alcoholic must resist his desires. See Philippians 4:6-7 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

        September 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          However, science tells us they're not wrong and that it is natural, so there goes your 2000 year old story...sorry to burst the bubble.

          September 6, 2013 at 3:58 am |
        • rick

          contrary to nature? like using a computer, automobiles, eyeglasses, dvd players, medication?

          September 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
        • rick

          how can it be contrary to nature if it occurs in nature?

          the bible was written, translated and edited by man. god said nothing

          grow up and stop using it to justify your bigotry

          September 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
        • sam stone

          Chris.....how can it be "contrary to nature" if it occurs in nature

          Do you have the courage to answer, or are you yet another post and run Christian coward?

          September 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • Observer

        Skip all the HYPOCRISY. There's little if ANY chance that you believe and support everything in the Bible. It's all pick-and-choose hypocrisy.

        September 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
  11. Duncan Dhonutz

    Is the Pope on dope? Isn't the Pope supposed to represent Jesus Christ?

    September 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • tallulah13

      “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

      Luke 1:76-78 (New International Version, ©2010)

      Apparently, the Pope is speaking exactly as Christ preached.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  12. Dave

    WHo am I to judge? seriously you're the fing pope you judge eveyone else

    August 27, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Tranq

      I don't know Pope. That's not what it says in the Bible LoL.

      In the Old Testament:


      In the New Testament:

      [Jude:1:7] & [1 Corinthians:6:9-10]

      What have you been smkng Pope ! LoL

      September 2, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  13. desert voice

    Why I am being censored for telling the truth?

    August 21, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      You aren't being cesnored for telling the truth, because you aren't. You are proclaiming what you BELIEVE to be the truth, even though it is not truth at all (since it is only a hypothesis that any god exists).

      You may be having trouble with the auto editor that blocks certain key words or portions of words.
      Const!tution has to be modified because of the word t!t in it.
      H0m0$exual has to be modified because of the h0m0 and the word $ex.

      August 21, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  14. desert voice

    Teaching the truth is not judging. The Judge is God!

    August 21, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Problem is that it needs evidence to back it up, otherwise it is belief that it is truth, not actually truth. As far as I can see, the bible has been disproven enough that all of it is suspect.

      August 21, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Will Ma'at weigh my heart against a shu feather to judge me?
      Will Odin bar me from Valhalla if I die peacefully in bed instead of on the field of battle?
      Will King Minos, Aeacus, and Radamanthus decide that I'm bound for the Elysian fields?
      Will Yama find my karma balance good enough to be reincarnated as a cow?
      Will Joseph Smith let me Hie to Kolob if I don't know the secret, masonic handshake?
      Is it St. Peter that judges Christians? Do the unbaptised go to Hell or Purgatory?

      So many judges for so many afterlives...

      August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • New Life

      Sadly many Christians are judgmental even towards the ones that are within their group. I believe this is what turns away people from the idea of church. Christians are supposed to be a haven of love and charity and this has been lost. For without love and the acceptance we are nothing but just one of many in the sea of faces.

      August 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
      • sam stone

        it is sort of amusing to see the pious turn on each other like wild dogs

        September 11, 2013 at 3:34 am |
  15. desert voice

    Those who violate the will of God will be judged by God! Still, our sacred duty as Christians is to teach the truth with compassion. Teaching is not judging!

    August 21, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • midwest rail

      Yes, just everyone knows that contemporary evangelical Christians always "teach" with love. (eye roll)

      August 21, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • sam stone

      why the fvck do you think you have ANY authority to teach people about god?

      can you be any more pompous?

      September 11, 2013 at 3:28 am |
  16. Javed

    Poseidon: Fires of illumination connect Pope Francis and Alfredo Moser. http://bit.ly/15IC5Eh

    August 15, 2013 at 10:38 am |
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