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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, NewYorker.com 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 19th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Vatican deputy spokesman Rosica: Pope Francis has boldnes and courage of John Paul II

Vatican deputy spokesperson Father Thomas Rosica on importance of Pope Francis's installation mass.


Filed under: Pope Francis • Pope John Paul II • Uncategorized • Vatican
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 14th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Father Sosa: Pope Francis represents new beginning for Catholic Church

Father Juan Sosa, pastor at St. Joseph's in Miami Beach, on the election of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope.


Filed under: Pope Francis