To avoid public pillory, keep misdeeds boring
It may be that Pope Francis is the only one asking, "Who am I to judge?" The rest of us judge our fellow man all the time - and inconsistently.
We swing, with help from the news media, between our Puritan heritage and our more libertine present as we decide who can sin and go on and who can't. We brush aside scandals that are more personally damaging: We are bored by the financial, which is complicated, and riveted by the sexual, which isn't.