Pope ‘will not judge gay priests’


https://i2.wp.com/cdn3.independent.ie/world-news/article29456879.ece/ALTERNATES/h342/PANews_N0094701375104430453A_I1.jpgPope Francis has said he will not judge priests for their sexual orientation.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he asked.

His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.

Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

Francis’ remarks came during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

He was asked about Italian media reports suggesting that a group within the church tried to blackmail fellow church officials with evidence of their homosexual activities.

Italian media reported this year that the allegations contributed to Benedict’s decision to resign.

Stressing that Catholic social teaching that calls for homosexuals to be treated with dignity and not marginalised, Francis said it was something else entirely to conspire to use private information for blackmail or to exert pressure.

Francis was responding to reports that a trusted aide was involved in an alleged gay tryst a decade ago. He said he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up.

But he took journalists to task for reporting on the matter, saying the allegations concerned matters of sin, not crimes like sexually abusing children.

Speaking in Italian with occasional lapses in his native Spanish, Francis dropped a few nuggets of other news:

:: He said he was thinking of travelling to the Holy Land next year and is considering invitations from Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well.

:: The planned December canonisations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will likely be postponed, perhaps until the weekend after Easter, because road conditions in December would be dangerously icy for Poles traveling to the ceremony by bus.

:: And he solved the mystery that has been circulating ever since he was pictured boarding the plane to Rio carrying his own black bag, an unusual break from Vatican protocol.

“The keys to the atomic bomb weren’t in it,” he said.

Rather, he said, the bag merely contained a razor, his breviary prayer book, his agenda and a book on St. Terese of Lisieux, to whom he is particularly devoted.


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One Response to Pope ‘will not judge gay priests’

  1. ralphpaulcoelho says:

    In 2006 the gay lobby had not overwhelmed a passive society as it has today. Today all people who have some charity accept that homosexual orientation is not right for a Hun person and it not only hinders his full development as a normal person but directs him towards self-destructive actions. This was , and is, the belief of competent psychologists even toddy; irrespective of the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental health diseases from DMS II in 1971.

    today if a person asks for treatment for same -sex attraction it is a crime in some countries to even consider treating him.

    Pope Francis has said he will not judge. This is not the same as saying that homosexual orientation is not an impediment o ordination. This is true because it can be treated.

    I doubt that Pope Francis would admit a treated homosexuality any more than he would admit a reformed alcoholic. He would be aware that a reformed addict is always in danger of a relapse , especially under stress.

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