Pope Francis spoke very candidly with reporters during his flight from Brazil back to Rome Sunday night. In this 80 minute conversation, he imposed no restrictions on journalists, answering a variety of questions. Some of the highlights include his remarks on gays and women within the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis stating "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?" The Pontiff making it clear - gays should not be discriminated.
Cecilia Gonzalez Andrieu, an associate professor of theological studies at Loyola University, says Francis is a Pope of a new generation, a more modern world. She believes the Catholic leader is looking at the signs of the times and acting accordingly.
The Pontiff also spoke about exploring the role of women in more leadership positions within the church, but he reaffirmed - no women priests. However, by opening up the dialogue, theologians, like Andrieu, believe that women priests could some day be a reality. She encourages people of all religions, not just Catholics, to listen to the words of wisdom coming from Pope Francis. Words she says are "an invitation to make the world better, to change the world."