What Pope Francis has known about gay priests

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What Pope Francis has known about gay priests

Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe with his liberal-leaning pronouncements. And they are the most affirmative remarks the world has ever heard on the dicey subjects of abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage.

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," Pope Francis stated last week in wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications.

However, for many religious conservatives the Pontiff's remarks are heretical, and they vehemently contested that Pope Frances has not only desecrated century-old church doctrine, but also that he has diminished his authority as the head of the church.But as the Pontiff aptly stated in his interview "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" should the Catholic Church, in this 21st Century, continue on it anti-modernity trek like his predecessor.

Pope Benedict XVI a.k.a. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, used his authoritarian and “Rottweiler” persona of church doctrine to maintain an ecclesiastical lockdown and exclusion. While Pope Frances' more liberal-leaning views on these topics might not ever be a non-issue in the Catholic Church, he does suggest that " when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context." And in looking at gay priests within the historical context of the Catholic Church the Pontiff knows that gay priests always been around.

His views on gay priests, while not quite in lockstep with its Catholic LGBTQ parishioners and allies, have, nonetheless, moved the farthest of any pontiff in history.  Also, while some LGBTQ Catholics applaud Pope Francis queer-friendly remarks, there are many others who are suspect of them and don't feel the Pontiff's pronouncements are inclusive.

"The Pope was not speaking of all homosexuals, only to those of the cloth, “ AmberXIII commented on The New Yorker blog. And AmberXIII might be right.
But, gay men of the cloth in the Vatican are nothing new for the Pontiff. As