In some sense, Pacquiao is only a product of his upbringing in the same way that we all are. Nonetheless we can consciously change the environment of any upbringing. In doing so, we make wider and more forceful efforts in society at large to collectively foster considerate and mindful approaches to homosexuality, something which is to me necessarily progressive.
If Pope Francis continues to sound relevant to Catholic and non-Catholic alike, and is able to see off the still powerful conservative forces in the Church before he steps down or dies - a big if as he is 78 after all - then he could act as a catalyst for social change and help the World find a way to deal with the challenges it faces from global warming to growing inequality.
The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.