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GLAAD President Joins CNN to Discuss Expectations the Pope Might Inspire Shift on Gay Issues: VIDEO


CNN's Carol Costello welcomed Catholics United Executive Director James Salt and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Thursday morning to talk about Pope Francis and whether or not a shift is expected on gay issues.

Graddick reacted to his statement yesterday that he hoped that a new Pope might signal a shift in attitudes:

"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."


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  1. Yeah, the freak that has declared WAR on LGBT civil rights is going to change his opinion. What an idiotic conversation.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 14, 2013 1:03:46 PM

  2. you may never know what *might* happen next. Nobody expected ratzinger to resign yet he did.

    I do not expect changes to dogma, but maybe a change in tone is due, and from what I gather in Argentina this new pope felt "forced" to say what he did on gay marriage and adoption by conservative voices in the country. But now that he's the freakin' pope he NOW has the authority to at least change the tone, and at the most stop making gay people an easy target.

    But don't expect the church to drop its obsession with abortion and birth control, the new pope for certain is VERY invested in THAT debate. For me that's fine since its a total different issue away from the gay community.

    We'll just have to wait and see.

    Posted by: Jose Soto | Mar 14, 2013 1:11:21 PM

  3. Spoiler: It will never happen. The only thing the church does is keep people down, if it should stop doing that it will literally disband. They only do that, the mission statement is to sew discord in man. It always has been. If there isn't hate, nobody will go there to hate, this is where they revel in hate.

    Posted by: Fensox | Mar 14, 2013 1:14:15 PM

  4. What a ridiculous conversation. GLAAD knows better, it's just preening its media profile as usual.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 14, 2013 1:20:06 PM

  5. I can only applaud Carol Costello.

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Mar 14, 2013 1:33:09 PM

  6. glaad is about as relevant today as hrc is. apparently glaad hasn't done its research yet.

    Posted by: oc | Mar 14, 2013 1:35:40 PM

  7. Anyone thinking that the Catholic church would ever change it's antiquated views are seriously deluding themselves. The Vatican rules the church from a dysfunctional vacuum.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Mar 14, 2013 1:43:16 PM

  8. I don't agree that bigots are born that way. The church can change though may be slower than others. It took them a few hundred years to finally realize that Earth is not the centre of the Solar system.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 14, 2013 2:17:51 PM

  9. Most of the voting Cardinals were given their positon by Ratzinger, so I doubt very highly that Pope Francis will make any major changes.

    On the other hand, he's 76 already, so his tenure may not be all that long.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 14, 2013 2:35:18 PM

  10. The only difference between the new pope and the old one is a different face, the new pope does not look like the evil sifi alien in a low budget movie.

    Posted by: chip321 | Mar 14, 2013 2:42:16 PM

  11. "But don't expect the church to drop its obsession with abortion and birth control, the new pope for certain is VERY invested in THAT debate."
    -Very true. My cynical opinion is that the Catholic Church is so against abortion and birth control (at least in part) because then its membership may shrink...perhaps I am being too cynical.

    Posted by: | Mar 14, 2013 5:16:53 PM

  12. That old fart wasn't elected to make any changes

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 14, 2013 5:55:23 PM

  13. @jaragon: Gorbachev probably wasn't elected/appointed to make any changes either. The problem is that in bureaucracy where you don't get ahead if you make waves, the only person who will get to the top is one who follows the party line. Only a "stealth reformer" can fix things by not coming out of stealth mode until the others can't do anything about it.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 14, 2013 6:47:40 PM

  14. In other news, Communist Party's Politburo in China "elected" Li Keqiang as premier and approved (rubber stamped) by the People's Congress.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 14, 2013 11:42:54 PM

  15. Actually, Ratzinger said several times that he would like to resign, so several people thought he might do so.

    While everyone wants the new Pope to focus on their own pet issues, in all likelihood, we aren't going to see a lot of issues resolved. The are fundamental problems the church has (few people entering the priesthood for one and the low quality of those that do for another) will make the church very difficult to reform even if the new Pope were so inclined. He is also compromised by his involvement with the Argentinian dirty war. This was in some ways worse than Ratzinger's youthful flirtations with the Nazis (he was only 13 and abandoned it not long after, while Francis I was already an archbishop in the seventies and eighties). Also, Francis I is not in the best of health, having only one lung and already 76.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 15, 2013 11:15:27 AM

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