Pope Francis: Church Has No Right to ‘Interfere Spiritually’ in the Lives of Gays and Lesbians

Screen Shot via CNN.

Screen Shot via CNN.

In an interview published today in Jesuit magazines, Pope Francis said that the Church has a right to express its opinions, but it must not “interfere spiritually” in the lives of gays and lesbians. The statement comes after his “who am I to judge?” comment in July when asked about gays and lesbians. The Pope also commented that women must and should play a larger role in the Church’s decisions saying, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.” Although his explosive comments don’t break with Roman Catholic Doctrine, it reveals Francis’ new approach to keeping the church alive—”…moving from censure to engagement,” CNN writes.  “The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things,” the pope said, “in small-minded rules,” his Holiness said. “The people of God want pastors…not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.” When questioned about homosexuality the Pope responded: “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.”

Then the Pope discussed a time when he was asked if he approved of homosexuality. “I replied with another question,” he said. “‘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?” We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being.”


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