I always wonder if there should be a 12 step plan for recovering Catholics? Catholics Anonymous meetings to attend? Not that a recovering Catholic would need help staying out of the church on a Sunday, but some kind of program would be helpful, because what ever you do, the Catholic guilt is always deeply ingrained.
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.