Time Magazine also named Pope Francis ‘Person of the Year’, but this honor from the gay community is I say even far more significant.
Next to the Pontiff’s face, which he has tattooed with a very trendy NoH8, the Advocate quotes the Pope’s answer, when he was asked what he thought about the gay lifestyle: ““If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
The Advocate defended its election of The Pope as the greatest person of 2013:
Regarding its choice of Pope Francis, The Advocate states:
Pope Francis is leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics all over the world. There are three times as many Catholics in the world than there are citizens in the United States. Like it or not, what he says makes a difference. Sure, we all know Catholics who fudge on the religion’s rules about morality. There’s a lot of disagreement, about the role of women, about contraception, and more. But none of that should lead us to underestimate any pope’s capacity for persuading hearts and minds in opening to LGBT people, and not only in the U.S. but globally…
Francis’s view on how the Catholic Church should approach LGBT people was best explained in his own words during an in-depth interview with America magazine in September. He recalled, “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.”
It is beyond refreshing to see this type of acceptance.