On a flight home from a trip from Brazil, Pope Francis directly answered a range of questions from the press. To one question the pontiff responded: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Judy Woodruff reports on what his comments suggest a shift in acceptance for gay Catholics. Continue reading
The pope’s remarks on gay Catholics may suggest a shift in acceptance, but not a change in church policy or teaching. Judy Woodruff talks to John Allen of The National Catholic Reporter, who has been covering the pontiff’s trip to Brazil, to discuss how Pope Francis has started to change the perception of the Catholic church. Continue reading
Pope Francis, the first pontiff from Latin American, was greeted by jubilant crowds as he made his inaugural international trip as leader of the Catholic Church. Margaret Warner talks to The Washington Post’s Marie Arana for more on what his visit means for Brazilians and the greater Latin American Catholic population. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni’s program and “hugging token” for her visit to a revered guru known as the “hugging saint.” Amma, a 60-year-old South Indian woman who has hugged more than 32 million people to promote love, will … Continue reading
Despite church scandals and restrictive rules, the late Popes John Paul II and John the XXXIII could be canonized before the end of this year. Ray Suarez spoke with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter about sainthood in the modern Catholic church.
In other news Friday, Pope Francis cleared the way for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II to be made saints. Also, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law requiring women seeking abortions to first have an ultrasound. Abortion providers would have to point out features of the fetus before performing the abortion. Continue reading
Newly released documents reveal how the Milwaukee archdiocese dealt with dozens of priests accused of sexually abusing children. Pedophile priests were moved from parish to parish, often protected from criminal complaints. Ray Suarez talks to Laurie Goodstein, who covers these issues for The New York Times. Continue reading
Earlier this week Exodus International made headlines when it decided to close its doors and issue an apology to the gay community. For decades that organization has been the leading practitioner of the “gay cure” movement. Jeff Chu, author “Does Jesus Really Love Me?”, talks to Ray Suarez about the news.
Author and journalist Jeff Chu joins Ray Suarez to talk about his personal journey coming to terms with being Christian and gay. In his book, "Does Jesus Really Love Me?", Chu discusses the choices made by gay Christians trying to reconcile their lives, identities and faith. Continue reading