Carol Kuruvilla | Huffington Post | January 12, 2016
Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica on December 8 to launch his Holy Year of Mercy, declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in his Catholic Church.
Just a few months after his election, Pope Francis uttered a sentence that sent shockwaves through the global Catholic Church.
Who am I to judge?
During a routine press conference onboard the papal airplane in July 2013, a reporter asked for the pope’s thoughts on gay priests working at the Vatican.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis responded.
Those five words — “Who am I to judge?” — subsequently became one of Francis’ most powerful and hotly debated statements.