He and his Church are not exactly the problem, and even less the solution. A hypothetical acceptance of same-sex marriage by the Roman Catholic Church will fail to provide what same-sex lovers need from spiritual leaders.
Leaders in both institutions are fooling themselves if they think that merely presenting diverse faces and voices and using simple language to reach "normal people" will lead them to victory.
As a gay dad, and a professional, I thought it would be fitting to send a note of congratulations. Our note includes a suggested four point plan based on the principles that I have used with my sons, and that they have found effective.
While bankers, lawyers and religious people all turned towards the big screen, this man was left alone with his child. I don't know what he was thinking. I don''t care.
It's a long shot but if this column reaches Rome, I have a few suggestions for Francis since I am continually tinkering with my own website. Your Holiness, I just want to ensure your site is not only informative, but cutting edge, proactive and profitable.
We will watch closely as this milestone papacy unfolds, but I am optimistic that Francis will champion the need for access to education that prepares ethical leaders.
Why did Pope Francis, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, rail against gays in such a bigoted way after he was unsuccessful in getting support for civil unions in Argentina? Because one doesn't become pope by doing otherwise.
I might not believe in God, but I believe that Catholics and atheists can work together just as all of humanity can work together towards equality and justice when we put the needs of modern people first and the arcane doctrine second.
Just as some people believe that "size is everything," there are certain audiences who assume that the bigger and flashier the production placed before them, the greater its artistic value. Unfortunately, such is not always the case.
In Pope Francis' brief homily for the inaugural Mass of his papal ministry, he emphasized something that should be familiar to American Catholics who have seen a certain motto sometimes displayed on police cars.
Brighter Light, cameras and action! "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" are on the altar of sacrifice and the world stage with Pope Francis. At the Vatican, the new pope will walk fervently in his simple shoes and enter humbly into the most mystical drama on earth, The Holy Mass.
However it came about, the Vatican is now ruled by a Jesuit pope committed to helping the powerless and the poor, and his election was apparently made possible by the downfall of the privileged and the greedy.
When the new pope supports the freedom and equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and when he shows the world that he has the courage to expose and prosecute every child-raping priest in the Catholic Church, I'll have some respect for him.
Teaming is not only an important skill for Christian leaders and workers; it is fast becoming the skill of the age.
I am not a good Catholic. I have not been to confession for over 20 years. I don't go to mass and I don't give money to the church. More importantly,...
After having watched leaders in the United States who had good intentions, get lost on their intended way, I have five humble suggestions for this Pope and his team at the Vatican.