Church must be open to homosexuality, abortions, and contraception - Pope Franci

2013-09-21 00:44:37 | Al Muslim News
Church must be open to homosexuality, abortions, and contraception - Pope Franci

 

Pope Francis said the Church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals. The Pope also addded that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible," Francis told a group of 16 Jesuit magazines, which published his remarks in several languages. "I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context," he insisted. "In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are 'socially wounded' because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this," the Argentine-born pontiff said. Francis referred to his first remarks on gays, which caused a furore in July. Speaking to reporters on the plane back from a trip to Brazil, he said: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" He said he was asked whether he approved of homosexuality. "I replied with another question: 'Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?".

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