Pope Holds Mid-Air Press Conference on Flight Back from Brazil


Pope Francis continued to generate discussion this week after his visit to Brazil, where more than three million people turned out for his final mass. On the return trip, Francis held an unprecedented 80-minute long press conference where he addressed several controversial issues, including gays. He said “a gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will, well, who am I to judge him?” Although no church policy was changed by the statement, Catholics and non-Catholics alike debated the implications, with many seeing it as a significant shift in rhetoric. Francis also called for more theological work on the role of women, although he reaffirmed the ban on female priests.