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March 21st, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Will Pope Francis reform Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage? Father Beck, Richard Socarides and Cameron Russell weigh in

Now an intriguing look at the possibility of compromise on same-sex marriage and the Catholic Church.

During Argentina's bitter same-sex marriage fight back in 2010, then Archbishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, got into a very public verbal battle with the country's president. He called her gay marriage bill a destructive attack on God's plan. That was publicly. But privately, the stance may have been quite different.

A senior Vatican official said the Roman Catholic Church could neither confirm nor deny the report at this point. The official added that while Pope Francis might have expressed such view while he was a cardinal, he should be given time to develop policy position as pontiff.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN contributor Father Edward Beck, writer Richard Socarides and model Cameron Russell discuss Pope Francis's past positions on the issue of same sex marriage, and whether reform will come to the Catholic Church.

Transcript available after the jump.


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March 14th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

How will Pope Francis handle sex abuse? SNAP's Casteix says first 100 days will tell

SNAP Western Regional Dir. Joelle Casteix on what Pope Francis's election means for handling child sex abuse in church.

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis
March 13th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

What qualities should the next pope possess? Cardinal Theordore McCarrick weighs in

This morning on "Starting Point," retired archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sits down with Soledad O'Brien to talk about the qualities he thinks are important in the next pope.

Even though McCarrick voted in the last conclave, he says that every conclave is different. All conclaves are completely secluded from the outside world, and McCarrick says “I think I would have to be a fortuneteller to think about what’s going on in those rooms now.”

On the qualities the next pope should have, the Cardinal states he needs to be a “moral voice in the world today,” and the new pope needs to “remind the world that the poor are getting poorer, remind the world that the fact that violence and wars are multiplying in our society in our world today.

McCarrick says the job of the conclave is for Cardinals to vote for “the one that God wants." He stresses that the Cardinals are “also praying because they want to do this right.”

Filed under: Catholic Church • Conclave • Papal conclave • Pope
June 13th, 2012
03:03 PM ET

NETWORK executive director Sister Simone Campbell on nuns rift with Vatican, says it's 'key time' for Catholic church

Members from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents roughly 80% of nuns in the United States, met with Vatican leaders to address claims that they have strayed from Catholic doctrine and they practice "radical feminism."

The Vatican gave a stern statement after that meeting, saying the nuns remain "under the supreme direction of the Holy See." The group's president, Sister Pat Farrell, says the group's members will decide how to proceed from here.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, talks with Soledad this morning on the rift with the Vatican and explains the group's position.

See the transcript after the jump.


Filed under: Catholic Church • Vatican
June 12th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Is there a war on women in the Catholic Church? Sister Maureen Fiedler on Vatican's claim that U.S. nuns are 'radical feminists'

Catholic nuns are going straight to the top today to address these claims that they have strayed from church doctrine.

Members from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet with Vatican officials. A report from a church watchdog accuses the group, which represents about 80% of Catholic nuns, of radical feminism and says they are too silent on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. But the nuns say officials are focusing on what they don't do instead of good they do perform.

This morning on "Starting Point," Sister Maureen Fiedler, host of the public radio program "Interfaith Voices," says she doesn't understand the Vatican's charge that U.S. nuns are 'radical feminists' and says "at the institutional level women are not treated as equals in the church, and they need to be."

Filed under: Catholic Church