Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests

Shayn Roby’s Take: The Word of God condemns the acts committed by homosexuals, just as it condemns sexual relations between people of the opposite gender who are not married.  In order to receive forgiveness, repentance from that sin is required.  Pope Francis said that we do not have the right to ‘not forget’ if someone has confessed.  None of us has the right to judge another human being.  Neither are we absolved from pointing out what God’s Holy Word says when someone makes it blatantly obvious that they are indulging in activity that is contrary to what it commands.

Lyn Leahz

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis 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 Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

He was funny and candid during a news conference that lasted almost an hour and a half. He didn’t dodge a single question, even thanking the journalist who raised allegations reported by an Italian…

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