The media doesn’t know what to do with Pope Francis. In an interview with Vatican journalists, he reportedly said, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” It would be easy to confuse this with bland affirmationalism – you’re okay, I’m okay jingoism – but that is a mistake. The media – and the secular public – should take this opportunity to learn that many Christians endorse traditional marriage and hold to a Biblical model of sexual purity while regarding gays as full members of the human and political community.
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