Pope Francis said this morning that “being gay is not a crime, it is a human condition” during an interview with The Associated Press. Although he has defended that it is still considered a sin: “It is not a crime. Yes, but it is a sin. Well, first let’s separate the sin from the crime. But lack of charity towards one’s neighbor is also a sin.
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Francis also acknowledged to an Associated Press reporter that in some parts of the world, Catholic bishops support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBT community. However, he attributed those approaches to cultural contexts and said that bishops in particular must also undergo a process of transformation to recognize the dignity of all. “Bishops also have a conversion process,” he said, “must show tenderness, please, tenderness, as God has done with each of us”. “We are all children of God and God loves us as we are and each one of us fights for our dignity,” the Pope said.
Catholic teaching indicates that while homosexuals should be treated with respect, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered”. Francis hasn’t changed that position, though he did in his famous 2013 statement “Who am I to judge?” When asked about the alleged homosexuality of a priest. Francis has continued to address the gay and trans communities frequently and publicly.
Gay sex is banned in 68 countries around the world, with punishments ranging from a few months to several years in prison or even corporal punishment such as flogging in public or the death penalty.
In his meeting with the Associated Press, Francis also broke his silence on the “Rupnik case,” a Slovenian artist from the Society of Jesus accused of abuse by several former religious women in the 1990s. Bergoglio denied having any role in the handling of the Rupnik affair, the management of which was harshly questioned by public opinion. Apart from procedurally intervening to maintain the second series of allegations of the nine women before the same court, his only decision, he clarified, was that everything would “continue with the normal court, because if the procedural path diverged”. No, they’ll mess everything up.” “So I had nothing to do with it,” he insisted, referring to the sudden lifting of the boycott against Rupnik.
The pontiff also acknowledged that the Church “has a lot to learn” in the management of clerical pedophilia and acknowledged that he had his moment of “conversion” on the issue on his visit to Chile in 2018, when he defended Bishop Barros as a victim. .