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Chuck's List: Pope Francis' stance on gays that of a Christian

A one-man opinion poll.

  • Pope Francis

    Pope Francis

    "Who am I to judge?" Pope Francis responded to reporters who asked him about gay priests. How remarkably Christian of him. I'm sorry to be so surprised, but his predecessor did call homosexuality "an intrinsic moral evil." This seems to smack of a Vatican 180. So what was Pope Francis actually saying? What I trust he's saying is that Christ taught that every person is born a child of God and therefore deserves our unconditional love and respect. What I hope he's not saying is, "homosexuality and pedophilia are the same, and hey these are my friends, let's let bygones be bygones."

  • Jonathan Cooper

    Jonathan Cooper

    I so admire young successful people with perspective. Mostly, I believe perspective is engrained, but perhaps it's inherent. Doesn't matter who deserves the credit -- Jonathan Cooper's parents or Jonathan himself -- to hear a 21-year old, who just signed a contract making him a millionaire, say the first thing he's going to do with his money is rent an apartment. It suggests Cooper isn't taking his good life for granted, and that he'll be damned if he's going to end up blowing his money on a fleet of sports cars or a restaurant or some can't-miss land deal his agent told him about based upon the promise that he'll make millions more with the next contract. This is a good sign, Cardinals fans. The rookie seems to get it.

  • Judge William Wenner

    Judge William Wenner

    Jerry Sandusky is where he belongs, behind bars. But Sandusky's imprisonment wasn't the final chapter in this ugly saga. America was left with the question: How much responsibility should those who know a terrible thing is occurring and do nothing about it bear? Judge William Wenner believes it's time to find out. Tuesday, Wenner ordered three Penn State administrators to stand trial for obstruction of justice. And I can't help but wonder if they're getting off light. If Sandusky was suspected of child abuse, and was provided a safe house for conducting such acts, men who let children be sexually violated because they wanted to protect a legend or avoid bad publicity for their school, I would think could be considered accomplices.

  • Rand Paul

    Rand Paul

    The Republican Party can accuse America of having too many bleeding hearts all they want, but those bleeding hearts have votes, and a growing number at that. The path to victory in 2016 is finding a candidate who is fiscally conservative and fundamentally Republican but doesn't come across as not caring about the less fortunate. Mitt Romney may have lost the election in November that night he was secretly recorded dismissing 47 percent of Americans as people he can't worry about, but Paul might not have been watching. Describing hurricane victims and the politicians that fight for them as "give me, give me, give me all the time Americans" isn't what the party needs from a presidential candidate.

  • Mr. Peanut

    Mr. Peanut

    Another horrible peanut allergy death was in the news this week. Doesn't matter the cause, whenever a 13-year-old girl dies while eating a Rice Krispie treat at summer camp, there's no way you can be anything but heartbroken. But before you go and kick Mr. Peanut's cane out from beneath him or crush his monocle beneath the heel of your boot, you should know that peanut allergies remain the cause for fewer than 10 deaths per year. The number of people allergic to shellfish remains more than double those allergic to peanuts. But because the number of children allergic to peanuts has doubled since 1997, and media exposure for deadly incidents has exploded, the fear of the peanut has been greatly magnified.

  • Desiree Hartsock

    Desiree Hartsock

    "Even though I'm falling in love with the other guys, I still have deeper feelings for Brooks," said "The Bachelorette" star Desiree Hartsock this week. Who on Earth is still watching this show? Enough people that network news gave the new episode next-morning coverage. And at the end of the day, who wouldn't get emotionally swept up in a mostly-scripted game show designed to end in marriage? (That was sarcasm.) After all, women are constantly in love with multiple men and confronted with the grueling task of sorting true love from kind-of-in-love. (More sarcasm.) So what happens when true love bows out? Will absence make the Hartsock grow fonder? And is she really going to now choose from the remaining two losers she's only a little in love with?

About the Author


Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating

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