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Pope Francis on gays: ‘Who am I to judge’

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 29, 2013 | 7:35 am

Pope Francis talks with journalists as he flies back to Rome after his visit to Brazil on July 29. Photo by REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool

And we're wasting no time getting back to big religion news.

The National Catholic Reporter's John Allen reports that during a long fielding of questions aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis ended his trip to Brazil with a surprising statement on the Vatican's so-called gay lobby:

"Who am I to judge them if they're seeking the Lord in good faith?" he said.

The pope made several other newsworthy comments, but that one is getting the attention. And rightfully so.

Who is the pope to judge? Well, to Catholics, he is one step below God. He does not mistakenly interpret the Bible. And thus Pope Francis' remark may hint at a coming shift -- a seismic shift, really -- in Catholic doctrine.

(h/t Sarah Pulliam Bailey)

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