Denis Foynes – Pope Francis has stated that gay people should not be banished but integrated into society.
He believes homosexuals can be priests as long as they don’t commit homosexual acts. He still believes homosexual acts are sinful and he is opposed to gay marriage.
“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 stated that men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. He also suggested in 2008 that homosexuality was as much a threat to the human race as climate change. Hence, this is quite a turnaround.
His comments on gay people are being seen as much less judgemental than his previous pope’s position on the subject.
He also explained that he wants women to have a greater role in the church but that they should not be allowed to become priests.
The pope comments came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.