It is often said that "The Vatican changes by centuries whereas the world changes by decades."
Often, this glacial pace is a good thing.
However, the "medieval ice" has begun to break as surely (and as unexpectedly) as the Arctic ice shelf is giving way to The Northwest Passage.
I recommend Matthew's entire passage about "not passing judgment." http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207:%201-5&version=MSG
Alongside better known translations, I find that my understanding of The Good News is enhanced by "The Message." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Message_(Bible)
In my early 20s, reading the Gospel in Spanish had similar effect.
On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM, Fred Owens <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
who am I to judge?” Francis said.Moving with astonishing speed from simplicity to stupidity, Francis abdicates all responsibility.
Who is he to judge? He is the Pope. His role is make judgments.
He might have exercised his authority as judge to determine that the gay clergy deserve a better deal. Doing that would indicate he is using the brain that God gave him and he intends to use it.Why do we have a Pope? We don't need really need one. Actually, why do we have priests? Are we all not children of God?
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I think Francis' judgment is where it should be - in his behavior.
Passing judgment - particularly the damning sort - almost always inspires counterproductive reaction, particularly in the "group" one is "apparently" trying to convert.