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LGBT groups say Pope Francis must embrace gays

'For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform,' said Herndon Graddick (pictured), president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 'In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times,' he added. 'In Pope Benedict’s short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely.'

Gay Star News
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March 13, 2013

New Pope, Same as the Old Pope?

When it comes to LGBT issues, the selection of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the next pope makes it a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." When his nation was debating marriage equality in 2010, he was a staunch opponent, calling it a “destructive attack on God’s plan.”

The Advocate
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March 13, 2013
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Pope Francis Against Gay Marriage, Gay Adoption

"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 abetting in the 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."

Huffington Post
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March 13, 2013

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