The  Pope like a good daddy should tell Catholics along with the worldwide church to accept gays but he should also call the church to judge sin

Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.
He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers “irregular” situations.
“A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws … as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives,” Francis writes in a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters.
He urges more common sense and less unthinking following of rules.
“By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth,” he writes.
He emphasizes that “unjust discrimination” against gays and lesbians is unacceptable, downplays the idea of “living in sin” and suggests that priests should use their own discretion on whether divorced Catholics in new marriages can take Communion.
Path of Jesus
The paper has much to please both liberals and conservatives, though it is unlikely to go far enough for either group within the church.
“I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion. But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a Church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness,” he writes.
The statements are in a highly anticipated paper called “On Love in the Family,” or “Amoris Laetitia” in Latin. Running more than 260 pages, it comes after Francis summoned the world’s Catholic bishops twice to discuss the issues in conferences known as synods.
The first was in October 2014, and the second was a year later.
Francis has been working on the document since then.
The October 2015 synod in particular was reported to have been contentious, with Cardinal George Pell — who is close to Pope Francis — telling a Catholic newspaper that some of the debates were “spicy.”
But Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington wrote Friday that “Amoris Laetitia” “reflects the consensus of those meetings and many voices.”
A ‘groundbreaking new document’
For those paying attention to Francis since he became Pope three years ago, the opinions in the paper are unlikely to come as a surprise.
This is, after all, the Pope who said, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about homosexuality.

But Friday’s paper is not simply a remark made in an interview.

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