A new Pope indicates an opportunity for new ideas and new directions. Pope Francis has made clear that he does not wish to become involved in gaudy displays of power power that have all too often been associated with clerics in the Vatican. He realizes the need to address issues of gay behavior in the clergy. Hopefully, he made the first initiative of his reign by telling the media: “But, if someone is gay and looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him? You should not discriminate or marginalize these people, and the Catechism says that as well.”
It is an opening. We welcome Pope Francis as a new voice in the Catholic Church who can move the institution in the direction of– Modernity! The Protestant religion is gaining enormous success in Latin America. It is time to meet challenges with a new willingness of refusing to marginalize any who seek the Catholic Church, regardless of their sexual preferences.