Though Pope Francis has only been in office for about seven months, he’s quickly becoming a groundbreaking figure in the Catholic Church. On Sept. 19, he added to his previous tolerant comments towards homosexuals and moved the Church another step closer to universal acceptance.
Pope Francis I truly is a pope for the 21st century. In an interview published on Sept. 19, the trailblazing head of the Catholic Church made more comments promoting tolerance towards gays and lesbians.
Pope Francis On Gay Rights
“Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person,” the Pope said in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, which was published today in 16 different languages, according to CNN.
Pope Francis expounded on his stance towards gays and lesbians, saying, “The catechism, the Catholic Church’s book of official doctrine, condemns homosexual acts, but says gays and lesbians ‘must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.'”
This vote of tolerance is huge for the Catholic Church, especially for evangelicals who might feel like it’s their responsibility to change gays and lesbians. And the fact that the comments were made by the infallible head of the religion makes it all the more meaningful.
Pope Francis: Who Am I To Judge Gay People?
This is not the first time that Pope Francis has shocked the world by speaking in favor of acceptance and tolerance towards homosexuals. In July, when asked about his papal stance on gays, he responded, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Giving gays and lesbians a place in the Catholic Church is a huge step in a different direction, after all of Pope Francis’ predecessors aggressively marginalized them.
“The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things,” the pope also said in his new interview, “in small-minded rules.”
Pope Francis’ outlook on how the Church should deal with homosexuals is definitely refreshing and is a long time coming.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro