By John L. Allen Jr., CNN
(CNN) — Reaction to Pope Francis’ comments about not judging gays has broken along two lines: Either this is a groundbreaking reversal by the head of the Catholic Church, or it’s basically just a guy talking on a plane.
The truth is, it’s neither. What it really amounts to is a significant shift in tone, though not in substance.
Francis made the remark in the course of a free-wheeling, unscripted press conference at the end of his July 22-28 trip to Brazil for the Church’s “World Youth Day.”
Among a wide variety of other points, he was asked about a so-called “gay lobby” in the Vatican.
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