By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Don't Deny the Obvious

The Catholic News Service quotes Cardinal Dolan of New York as follows (my emphasis added):

Pope's remark on gays does not change church teaching, cardinal says

NEW YORK (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, a July 30 guest on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis "would be the first to say, my job isn't to change church teaching; my job is to present it as clearly as possible." Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked to comment in particular on the pope's remark: "If a person is gay, seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge? They should not be marginalized. They are our brothers." That remark, the cardinal said, reflects "a gentle, merciful, understanding, compassionate" approach to church teaching which emphasizes "that while certain acts may be wrong, we would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity." He said the pope's words "may be something people find new and refreshing. I for one don't think it is and I hate to see previous popes caricatured as not having that."

Blogger comment on the portion in bold print: Of course, it's new and refreshing. Pope Francis has the gift of communicating in that way. And it is very different from his recent predecessors--and a vast improvement. Being better at communicating does not denigrate anyone else--everyone has his own particular strengths and worth. Celebrate it! (See also this link.)