Homosexuality has historically been a highly controversial subject throughout the Roman Catholic Church. But recent comments from Pope Francis may change the way the Church approaches the topic.
Earlier this week, Pope Francis said to reporters, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord, and has good will, who am I to judge?” A statement, deemed by some as “revolutionary.”
Many say that statement highlights the compassionate nature of the new Pope and paves the path for possible internal changes in the Church. The Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is enthusiastic about the new Pope’s leadership technique and finds that those in the region are equally excited.
“He’s helping them look at things in ways they wouldn’t have looked at them before,” Bishop Zubik stated. The Catholic Church has always made a distinction between sexual orientation and lifestyle, he adds, but the Pope’s comments help clarify the Church's stance.
Francis has distinguished himself from other Popes in many different ways: he has elected not to live in the Palace of the Vatican and he joins Vatican workers each day for meals at the general cafeteria. Many praise his leadership as he focuses on reaching out to the poorest and connecting with believers in every walk of life.
“What you see is what you get,” Zubik says, “and that’s delightful!”
Zubik looks forward to the Pope’s continued legacy and says his approach with the public is changing the way people think about the Catholic Church.