In a stunning statement, Pope Francis has reached out to gays saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation!
In a very candid 82 minute conference aboard the papal aircract, Pope Francis stated:
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
This statement draws a striking difference between Pope Benedict XVI, who signed a document in 2005 saying men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
The comment however, doesn’t signal any changes to church policy. Catholic teachings still hold that homosexual acts are a disorder, however, the shift in tone indicates a more inclusive and merciful church than ever before.
When questioned about allegations raised by Italian media that one of his trusted monsignors was involved in a gay tryst, Francis responded that he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up.
Furthermore, he shot back at journalists for reporting the matter, since the allegations concerned a sin not a crime. He stated:
“When someone sins and confesses, he said, God not only forgives, but forgets. We don’t have the right to not forget.”
The comments suggested that Francis has placed the matter of his monsignor behind him, while he focuses on reforming the Holy See bureaucracy.
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