Good grief. How does the Pope get around 1 Timothy 3, which tells us an overseer (elder, deacon, priest) must be above reproach, husband of one wife, and have a good reputation with outsiders?
Integrating gays into society is one thing, integrating gays into the position of church leadership is quite another.
The Pope is right in one respect, he is not to judge the salvation of someone who is gay, seeks the Lord and has good will – the position of Judge is already filled.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Ro 12:2 NIV)