These days my fervent prayer is that Pope Francis lives another twenty years which is the amount of time required to make the Catholic church once again the voice of oppressed and poor people the world over. He made a statement concerning the relation of the Catholic Church and gays and lesbians. He made clear the Church says “that they must not discriminate against gays, they must be respected… The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving more tolerant”
He went on to say “when I say the Church, I mean Christians. I believe the Church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom he offended, but apologize to the poor, to the exploited women and to children.”
I look forward to the Republican Convention reaction to this statement.