July 30th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

Pope Says Gay Priests are His "Brothers"

Pope Francis may be breaking the mold with comments he made to reporters on the flight home from his trip to Brazil on Monday.

He reached out to three disaffected groups in the Church in an impromptu press conference aboard the papal plane: Gays, divorced and remarried people and women.

And in response to a question about gay priests whom he called his brothers, Pope Francis told reporters, "Who am I to judge?"

“It's a sea change because we have not seen a pope do it in very colloquial, familiar language,” says CNN Contributor Catholic Priest Father Edward Beck.

“He really said I want you to be part of us by what he did.”

Father Beck says Pope Francis is going to collaborate with a council of eight cardinals to advise him on whether divorced people should be able to get communion, and “put on the agenda this issue of…pastoral care of marriage.”

About women, he said “it should be more than tokenism,” Father Beck explains. “They need real leadership positions. He said the Church is feminine.”

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  1. Mike Romero

    I will be one of those "Catholics coming home" tomorrow if divorced people who remarry without paying for an annulment can receive communion can receive communion again. There are many others out there who have left the Church for the man-made stand on this issue.

    August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  2. Rose Angel

    I think that we are missing the whole point of what's going on in the church. This pope is still insisting on continuing the Church's discriminatory stance aainst women and does not acknowledge that it is actually setting a model of discrimination for others to follow. In the commentary sections following articles that discussed the popes committment to continuing discrimination, attacks continued on women. It is known that after watching violent movies or playing violent video games, individuals act in violent ways. This is the same thing the pope is teaching others to discriminate against women. Only pain and suffering comes from the hatred born of discrimination. This pope is part of a culture of hatred and discrimination. Worse he is a teacher of these dark arts.

    July 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  3. Ana

    An Italian journalist commented about what the the Pope said "to be gay is not a sin, but what they do is a sin" referring to sexual activities. I believe that the media left part of what the Holly Father said to accommodate to their agenda changing what was said..

    July 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  4. Bonnie

    And he said, Who are we to judge? We need to remember this and live by it daily.

    July 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  5. martina

    Really funny when Cuomo almost calls him Pope Beck at the end of the video!! Ha Ha
    Whatever the pope does though dopesn't change its prophetic destiny. The United Nations is going to destroy religion along with the Catholic church. It's prophecy. you can't change what Jehovah God plans to do!

    July 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  6. martina

    9Moreover, do not call anyone ​YOUR​ father on earth, for one is ​YOUR​ Father, the heavenly One.10Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for ​YOUR​ Leader is one, the Christ.11But the greatest one among ​YOU​ must be ​YOUR​ minister.12Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:9)

    9Inoltre, non chiamate nessuno padre vostro sulla terra, poiché uno solo è il Padre vostro, il Celeste.10Né siate chiamati ‘condottieri’, perché uno solo è il vostro Condottiero, il Cristo.11Ma il più grande fra voi dev’essere vostro ministro.12Chi si esalta sarà umiliato, e chi si umilia sarà esaltato.
    (Matteo 23:9)

    July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  7. martina

    3“‘And when a man lies down with a male the same as one lies down with a woman, both of them have done a detestable thing. They should be put to death without fail. Their own blood is upon them.
    13“‘E nel caso che un uomo giaccia con un maschio come si giace con una donna, entrambi hanno fatto una cosa detestabile. Devono essere messi a morte immancabilmente. Il loro proprio sangue è su di loro.
    (Leviticus/Levitico 20:13)
    26That is why God gave them up to disgraceful sexual appetites, for both their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; (Romans 1:26)
    26Per questo Dio li ha abbandonati a vergognosi appetiti sessuali, poiché le loro femmine hanno mutato il loro uso naturale in uno contro natura (Romani 1:26)

    July 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply

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