Amelia Blanton

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The Transformative Six’s LGBT message at World Youth Day

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Who am I to judge? Those five words rocked the world Monday because, well, they were spoken by the pope. By now, there have been countless reports and analyses on the statement. Many applauded the Holy Father while some were quick to downplay the significance. But none revealed the true source of the pope's tonal conversion: six brave souls from the Equally Blessed coalition.

I'm giving them the credit.

LGBT advocate: Pope’s comment “opens door for conversation”

Jansing: Gays and the Catholic church. Never before has such a positive halo surrounded these two historically at-odds groups. Pope Francis during an unexpected press conference during his flight back to Rome, was asked about the so called "gay lobby" inside the Vatican. He responded by saying "If a person is gay, and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?" The New York Times called his comments, "revolutionary."  But New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, was careful to say it's not a shift in the Church's teachings… I'm joined now by Kate Childs-Graham, columnists for the Young Voices series at the National Catholic Reporter and a board member of the organization Call To Action, and Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of the New Ways Ministry.

Tone and word choice are key in Pope’s remarks on gay priests

Proving again that what you say is often less important than how you say it, Pope Francis’ conciliatory remarks on the subject of gay priests gave renewed hope Monday to gay Catholics and their families that the church still has a place for them in its heart.

Equally Blessed, a national coalition of organizations working on behalf of the gay community, released a statement saying the pope “had set a great example for Catholics everywhere.”

LGBT Catholics cautiously encouraged by pope’s tolerance

In comments made during an impromptu interview aboard the papal plane on Monday, Pope Francis inspired hope among myriad LGBT Catholics that there might be a place for them in the Church. 

Several organizations representing both LGBT people and Catholics around the world jumped at the chance to welcome the pope's statements, saying they indicated a more tolerant and accepting tone for the leader of the Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality a sin, and requires gay Catholics to remain celibate. 

Pope Francis says he accepts gay priests

Pope Francis, in an extraordinary dialogue about the most polarizing issues confronting his faith, declared his comfort with gay men serving as priests Monday, inspiring hope in gay parishioners who have long felt uneasy in the Roman Catholic Church and triggering another worldwide ripple in the new pope’s surprising young papacy.

The pope’s brief comments on gay priests struck a resounding note nationally Monday. Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations that advocates for gay people, said Francis had “uttered some of the most encouraging words a pontiff has ever spoken about gay and lesbian people.”

Pope Francis calls for inclusion of gays in society, saying he has no right to ‘judge’

Pope Francis on Monday continued to recast the Catholic Church’s image by focusing on its inviting, merciful aspects, this time shocking a planeload of reporters by saying of homosexuality: “Who am I to judge?”

So Francis’s remarks were greeted warmly by advocates for gay and lesbian Catholics, who spoke of suddenly feeling welcome instead of being outcasts.

“Pope Francis today uttered some of the most encouraging words a pontiff has ever spoken about gay and lesbian people,” said a statement by Equally Blessed, a coalition of four groups working with LGBT Catholics and their families.