DIANE WINSTON, Knight Chair in Media & Religion, USC Annenberg
This op-ed originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4.
Last week, Pope Francis loosed a media tsunami by dropping a pebble of sanity into an ocean of religious angst. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he told reporters on the flight back to Rome after his trip to Brazil.
What did it mean? Was he changing church teaching? And how might it affect 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide?