Church Should Apol­o­gise To Gays, says Pope Fran­cis

Fiji Sun - - World News - Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

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

He told re­porters that the Church had no right to judge the gay com­mu­nity, and should show them re­spect. The pon­tiff also said the Church should seek for­give­ness from other peo­ple it had marginalised - women, the poor, and chil­dren forced into labour. The Pope has been hailed by many in the gay com­mu­nity for his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards ho­mo­sex­u­als. But some con­ser­va­tive Catholics have crit­i­cised him for mak­ing com­ments they say are am­bigu­ous about sex­ual moral­ity. Speak­ing to re­porters on his plane re­turn­ing from Ar­me­nia, the Pope 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.” In 2013, Pope Fran­cis reaf­firmed the Ro­man Catholic Church’s po­si­tion that ho­mo­sex­ual acts were sin­ful, but ho­mo­sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion was not. “If a per­son is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said then. In other re­marks on Sun­day, the Pope said he hoped the Euro­pean Union would be able to re­cover fol­low­ing the UK’s de­ci­sion to leave. “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 jump­start things, to re-cre­ate,” he said.

Pope Fran­cis

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.