- Mar 1, 2021
In a new interview book to appear in September, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI says there was indeed a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican, but says it only had four or five members, that he dismantled it, and that it was not the reason he resigned in February 2013.
Amid contrasting interpretations of what Pope Francis said recently about making an apology to gays, what he seems to be advocating is not questioning doctrine, but rather encountering people in a more understandable and welcoming way.
While Pope Francis’ recent statement that the Church should apologize to gays who have been offended is a good step, that rhetoric needs to be followed with substantive change, and for many gays that still seems a distant hope.
In his last audience before a reduced summer schedule, Pope Francis insisted that mercy is not an abstract concept but a way of life, one that demands Christians to ask if they place the needs of others before their own, including the hungry, the sick, prisoners and the unemployed.
Although Pope Francis has had plenty to say about the Holocaust over the years, when he visits Auschwitz in late July, he says “I would like to go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds … and may the Lord give me the grace to cry.”
New Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Bernard Hebda, who took over amid a sexual abuse scandal, said the experience of being in Rome with Pope Francis for the June 29 Pallium Mass provided “reassurance” in dealing with anxiety about the assignment.