Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gays

Pope Francis Says He Won't Judge GaysPope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.

‘Who am I to judge them?’

Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Brazil, he reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not. He was responding to questions about whether there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?”

He also said he wanted a greater role for women in the Church, but insisted they could not be priests.


‘Less judgemental’

The Pope arrived back in Rome on Monday after a week-long tour of Brazil – his first trip abroad as pontiff – which climaxed with a huge gathering on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach for a world Catholic youth festival. Festival organisers estimated it attracted more than three million people.

His remarks on gay people are being seen as much less judgemental than his predecessor’s position on the issue. Pope Benedict XVI signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. But Pope Francis said gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

Do you agree with Pope Francis’ statements? Do you think gays can become priests?

Source: BBC News

Image: Al Jazeera

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBA?

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBAMark Cuban told reporters before the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers that not only would he give Brittney Griner a chance to be in the NBA, he would draft her if she was the best player still available (via ESPN):

‘I’d lean toward yes’

If she is the best on the board, I will take her. I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.

After hearing the news that Cuban would consider picking up Griner in the NBA Draft, or at least giving her a chance to make a splash in a tryout, she gave Cuban the word that she was ready for the challenge.


‘Not just among women’

For the record, Dallas holds the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, not one in the late-50s. Regardless, Cuban talked about picking up Griner as if it would be more than just a publicity stunt, though he was obviously aware of the increased attention the Mavericks would get if he were to go through with it.

Griner, the three-time First Team All-American, 2012 AP Player of the Year, three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has put together one of the most impressive college careers of any basketball player, not just among women. The only question left is whether or not she would be able to hang with men, even as one of the team’s last players off the bench.

So, would it be a good idea to draft Brittney Griner for the NBA? Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: Jesse Dorsey, Bleacher Report

Image: Newsmax