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Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
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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May 1st, 2012
09:22 AM ET

NYPD's Ray Kelly: Al Qaeda 'alive and well', but One World Trade 'powerfully built'

Airports across the world are stepping up security on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden as new intelligence hints at future al Qaeda threats and authorities tell ABC News they fear the group may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists.

“Al Qaeda and the terrorist threat is very much alive,” New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly tells "Starting Point" anchor Soledad O’Brien this morning.

Al Qaeda’s future plans detailed in documents German officials discovered encoded on a memory disk belonging to a suspected al Qaeda operative arrested in Berlin last year include hijacking a cruise ship, dressing the passengers in orange jump suits – to mimic Guantanamo Bay prisoners – and posting the "executions" on an al Qaeda web site.

The intelligence community in New York has also been looking into the idea of implanted body bombs that could possible escape airport-scanner detection for a while, Kelly said. “Obviously we have to be concerned about it.”

Kelly says anti-terrorism efforts in New York are focused closely on nuclear threats. “A nuclear event is the thing that concerns us the most.”

Watch Kelly talk to Soledad about New York’s One World Trade Center and the fight to prevent terrorism in the city he calls “the number one target in the United States.”