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Pope Francis says Church should apologise to gay people

Pope Francis has said that the Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for the way it has treated them in the past.

He said that the Church has no right to judge the gay community and that they should be treated with respect.Pope Francis says Church should apologise to gay people. Photo copyright Casa Rosada CC2

The news has divided opinion within the Roman Catholic faith, with some people praising the pontiff for his positive attitude towards homosexuals, whereas other have accused him of being vague about his stance.

Pope Francis was speaking to reporters on his plane following his visit to Armenia. He said: “I will repeat what the catechism of the Church says, that they [homosexuals] should not be discriminated against, that they should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”

Pope Francis said the Church should seek forgiveness from those whom it had marginalised.

“I think that the Church not only should apologise… to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by [being forced to] work. It must apologise for having blessed so many weapons.”

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It is not the first time Pope Francis has spoken about the Church’s relationship with homosexuality. In 2013, he said that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not. At the time Pope Francis said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

The pontiff also commented on Britain’s decision to leave the EU. He said: “There is something that is not working in that bulky union, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, let’s try to jump-start things, to re-create.”


2 thoughts on “Pope Francis says Church should apologise to gay people

  1. William Scharen

    “Apologize” implies that there was a wrong that needs to be corrected. What exactly does the Pope believe that the Church did that was wrong? If it’s that we don’t tolerate nor accept that gays can marry, that is not contrary to our theology as marriage is the union between a man and a woman – plain and simple! I personally am so tired of the let’s not offend (fill in the blank) that it seems the faithful are being led down the path of forgiveness for things we didn’t do and are to be made guilty for not accepting other lifestyles. My head is screwed on right. .. their wires are jumbled and that’s their problem not left for me to correct and fix nor justify.

    30/06/2016 at 12:46 am
  2. Lon

    Has the Pope ever read the Bible or does he just go by Pope’s made up doctrine?

    29/06/2016 at 11:19 pm

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