At a time when peace on earth and good will to all was supposed to be top of the list it was sad to hear the Pope embark on a bit of unnecessary gay-bashing. I wanted to respond but found Giles Fraser's article in the Guardian put it better than I ever could, '...the Holy Father has the ability to put even a vicar like me in touch with their inner Polly Toynbee.'
'Those who take the Bible as if it were a reference book cannot mentally accommodate the idea that the story being told is about the developing consciousness of the people of Israel, of how they got it wrong and how they are led to a new understanding by God. For Christians escpecially this new understanding is that God is there for all; that, as St Paul is very keen to insist, you don't even need to be a Jew for God to be there for you.'
Read the full text of the article here.