The News-Sentinel asked: Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, recently said “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gay members of the church. Do you agree with his statement? Do you think it will bring any changes?
As I prepare to go with my husband and three kids to the second Stockton Pride Festival today to celebrate the Good Core that is in ALL people and the value that diversity offers our community, I am pleased with the Pope’s comment. I do think, however, that thinking, caring, good people will come to the conclusion that hate or judgment against another simply because of a difference deemed “bad” by a religious entity, is wrong. We need not wait for the Pope, a bishop or a pastor to agree that human beings who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are somehow less than heterosexuals. We know we are equal and that all humans deserve rights to thrive, love and contribute in society. When and if the religious community catches up, great! Until then, good core thinking people will lead the way.
AmyJo Mattheis, M.Div., is the author of "Religion Made Me Fat."