Pope's words about gays show compassion, not change in doctrine

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am

So far in his papacy, Pope Francis has washed the feet of AIDS victims, visited young prisoners, called on the Catholic Church to embrace the poor and now, reached out to gay people by saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation.

“If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge,'' Francis said this week as he returned from Brazil, his first foreign trip.

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