Pope Francis said repentant gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.
Despite the softer approach towards gay priests, Francis sided with Benedict’s hard line over gay marriage.
Even before being elected in March, Francis had spoken out strongly against gay marriage, denouncing it in 2010 as “an attempt to destroy God’s plan”.
Earlier this month, Francis and Benedict penned an unprecedented joint encyclical restating the Catholic Church’s position on marriage, saying it should be a “stable union of man and woman.”
“The church has a clear stance on the subject and it was important to speak positively in Brazil,” Francis told journalists who asked him why the issue of homosexuality wasn’t raised during his trip to Rio.
“He went on to say that it is dangerous to probe into the past sins of others. People can sin, repent, and accept Gods forgiveness, the Pope said. The Lord both forgives and forgets. We dont have the right not to forget. “
Is this thinking why the child molesting has gone on so long within the Catholic Church.
A priest does 100 Hail Marys , asks for forgiveness, and then is sent to another parish to molest again??
Can’t wait to hear how long the Church knew about the Transvestite Priest
He had been a secretary to Egan who covered up a lot of abuse
He doesn’t have a problem with gay priests? Really?
His opinion is not in line with the Bible.
The devil is busy, his time is short.
It's not clear to me how the Pope is defining homosexuality.
And I respectfully disagree with the Pope about judging people. Chewing out a Corinthian church for tolerating incest in 1 Corinthians 5, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 that church members are to judge other members, not those outside the church.
If only the “orientation” is present, and not the behavior or the self-advertising, then there is nothing to be observed, judged, or objected to.
Everyone here should please remember how sloppy and shallow the media generally is on matters of religion and faith. What language was he speaking in? Did they get the words correct? I’ve seen some mentions of “homosexuality” and the “Bible” here, but PRECISION is required on this matter. The homosexual orientation is NOT sinful. Homosexual acts are sinful. An alcoholic’s desire to drink isn’t sinful. But if he does drink and acts out, a discussion of sin comes in. I admit that I wait for some clarification of the Pope’s words because church discipline says only mature men with self-control are to be admitted to the priesthood. If it turns out that the media’s translation and interpretation of the Pope’s words is sloppy and incorrect, don’t be surprised.