On a CNN Facebook chat, N. Marlene Fleming praised the pope: "Thank God for this brilliant and humble man! A voice of reason, at last."
Not everyone agreed.
"The pope is cool with gays and atheists now. Boy is he gonna be surprised when he reads the Bible," said @HDBtweets.
Others agreed with the pope's sentiment while still calling homosexuality a sin.
"We should hate the sin, the tendencies and love the sinner period - that was what the Pope meant," Ud Udodi Kachi said on Facebook. "Not marginalizing sinners, we all have all sinned."
Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said all the reaction has been overblown, especially by the mainstream media.
"The pope speaks about materialism for one straight week in Brazil before millions of people, and his formal comments garner 74 news stories on Lexis-Nexis," Donohue said.
"He speaks off-the-cuff about homosexual priests before a handful of reporters on the airplane going back to Rome and his remarks trigger 220 news stories."
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