The Truth Behind Pope Francis’ Statement About Gays

The Truth Behind Pope Francis' Statement About GaysThe press conference on Pope Francis’ plane traveling from Brazil back to the Vatican was fascinating. But, unfortunately, if you were reading the headlines from some media outlets, you would have learned just one thing. As the Huffington Post put it: “Breakthrough: Pope OK with Gays.” This is the worst coverage of a religious story I have seen to date.

‘Homosexual priests’

What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this:

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

‘Deserve the same kindness’

Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a “sin” to be homosexual.  They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality.

When Pope Francis says “who am I to judge” he is saying—and I think we need to hear more of this from religious leaders—that active homosexuals deserve the same kindness, love, and mercy that all of us sinners would hope to receive from God and from others.  We don’t make judgments about anyone’s personal worth—God has already done that when he created us out of love.

What is your reaction to this explanation? And what is your opinion regarding Pope Francis’ statement about gays?

Source: Fr. Jonathan Morris | Fox News

Image: Christian Today

Archaeologists Dig Up King David’s Palace

Archaeologists Dig Up King David's PalaceArchaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered two large buildings fit for a king– Biblical King David, that is. Over the past year, archaeologists have excavated a site that they believe to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David smote Goliath as described in the Bible.

‘Indisputable proof’

“The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David,” said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. “This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David.”

Shaarayim, as it was called in the Bible, is thought to be the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa. Garfinkel and Ganor identified one structure as David’s palace and the other as an enormous royal storeroom. They are the two largest known buildings to have existed in the tenth century BCE in Jerusalem. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) told The Times of Israel that they are confident the site can be attributed to the time of King David’s reign.

‘Kingdom of David’

Yoli Schwartz  explained that the site is consistent with an Iron Age palace.

“The palace is located in the center of the site and controls all of the houses lower than it in the city. From here one has an excellent vantage looking out into the distance, from as far as the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east. This is an ideal location from which to send messages by means of fire signals.”

Hundreds of artifacts were found at the site including, stone tools, pottery vessels, seals and religious objects typical of the times. The IAA hopes that the discovery of the biblical city at Khirbet Qeiyafa will lead to declaring the area a national park for people to come and learn about the kingdom of David.

Do you think this was indeed the site where King David’s Palace once stood? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Fox News

Image: Zimbio