In an interview today, Pope Francis spoke graciously about how the Roman Catholic Church should treat LGBT people.
Will Catholics in the 76-plus countries that imprison people for homosexual behavior stop fueling anti-gay hatred and instead model themselves after the head of their church?
Here’s what Pope Francis had to say:
“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?…
[The Catechism of the Catholic Church ] says they should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society.”
The Pope did not reverse Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are sinful, but did emphasize the importance of love for those who sin, which is a fundamental Christian value.
He spoke less clearly about his opposition to the actions of pro-gay lobbyists, along with “lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies”:
“The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.”
- Pope Francis: ‘Integrate gays into society’ (scotsman.com)
- Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? (sitehighway.com)
- Pope says gays must not be judged or marginalized (rawstory.com)
- ‘Who am I to judge gay people?’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Pope Francis says he won’t judge gays (cbc.ca)
- Pope Reaches Out to Gays, Remains Opposed to Women Priests (voanews.com)
- Pope Francis reaches out to gays (telegraph.co.uk)