What Breaks the Pope's Heart?

You know a lot about someone if you know what breaks their heart. In all the instant commentary on Pope Francis' remarks about gay priests, one thing has been lost. The pope did not, of course, say that homosexual acts are not sinful. What he did say is that if a priest has a same-sex attraction, and has wrestled with it, and perhaps even fallen down a couple of times, this does not lead him to cast judgment. On the other hand, when the Holy Father spoke to seminarians in Rome a few weeks ago, he said that when he sees a priest driving a new model car, it breaks his heart. 'Nuf said. 

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg

Show comments

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.