Now, before anyone busts out their pride flags and takes to the streets proudly proclaiming the Church is LGBTQ friendly, this is merely one quote referencing celibate homosexual priests. Pope Francis' statement is more of an indifference rather than an argument for equal rights — he's not directly coming out and saying the Church embraces the LGBTQ community, but that doesn't mean we brush it off either. It is the first time a Catholic official, let alone the head of the Church itself, has expressed anything other than animosity towards the LGBTQ community. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the Pope asked.
This might not be a watershed moment for the campaign for equal rights, but to have the Pope openly discuss the topic (whether in reference to a niche group or not) is pretty big. No change will likely come from this, but it's good to see some form of acceptance — even if it's a vague tolerance — emerge from one of the firmest homophobic denominations out there. (The Wall Street Journal)