Dec 11, 2013
Pope Says He Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests
Posted on Jul 29, 2013
Pope Francis on Monday overturned ages of vocal tradition by saying that he would not “judge” gay priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said, according to media reports.
Of course, the pope’s remark does not immediately translate into higher regard for homosexuals by the Catholic Church in any practical way. The church has made life hell for gay men who do not fall within the ranks of the priesthood, defining their expressions of love, affection and physical desire for one another as sinful and disgusting. In the pope’s expressed view, the sexual nature of gay priests should still be regarded as wicked.
The pope’s comment came during an 80-minute news conference with reporters on a flight to Italy from Rio de Janeiro after his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day. His predecessor, Benedict XVI, who was much more restrictive with interviews, once wrote a Vatican document saying homosexual men should not become priests.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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