To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In her letter of Sept. 27 entitled "Pope Francis taking wrong route," Beverly Gianokakis closes with the question "Pope Francis -- what are you doing?" One answer to this simple and straightforward question might be that he is trying to be more Christlike by not passing judgment on others. All Christians have choices that they will have to make in their lives, and given the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of the Bible, those choices can often be anything but clear. What is clear, however, it that Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, and that the second was to love your neighbor as yourself.
It is not possible to simultaneously judge others, and to love them as you love yourself. Jesus was quite clear that casting judgment is a task reserved for God, while promoting the tolerance, love, and acceptance of others that was practiced by Christ.
I would never advocate that anyone should act out of accordance with their convictions, and as such, if one believes that homosexuality, gay marriage, contraception, or abortion are wrong, then they have the right not to enter into such a relationship, or not to avail themselves of those goods and services. However, to judge those who do is every bit as morally wrong. BRIAN W. BARNETT