The Methodist Pope?

CBS News reports that Pope Francis affirms the United Methodist Church’s position on the ordination of gay clergy:

When questioned on what his response would be upon learning that a cleric was gay, though not sexually active, the Argentinian-born pontiff said he wouldn’t judge gay priests and explained, “You can’t marginalize these people.”

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said.

I’m sure the news outlet’s failure to mention that the Pope’s position on this question mirrors the UMC was an editorial oversight.

Cokesbury closing inspires local church

Jim Parsons announces a bold new step into the future inspired by Cokesbury’s decision to close all of its stores.

John Wesley: Defender of pickles

From John Wesley’s preface to a medical tract that he included in the works collected and distributed for Methodists:

Another instance of exaggeration we have, in what he says concerning pickles. It may be allowed, that they are not wholesome to persons of a delicate constitution. Perhaps, too, the using of them in large quantities may impair a good constitution. But still I cannot commend the condemning of them universally, as no less than poison. I really believe a man of a firm constitution might use a small quantity of them daily, yea, for forty or fifty years together, without hurting himself at all.

I call for a resolution at the next General Conference commending the eating of pickles to those of a strong constitution.