Video: Catholic Pope Francis On Gay Priests “I Can’t Judge Homosexuals Searching The Lord With Good Will”

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July 30, 2013 – Video: Catholic Pope Francis On Gay Priests “I Can’t Judge Homosexuals Searching The Lord With Good Will”

A shocking comment made by Catholic Pope Francis surprised some gay priests on Monday. The pope said;

“who am I to judge” when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.

“We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society,”

This is what Pope Francis said during an extraordinary 82-minute exchange with reporters aboard his plane returning from his first papal trip, to celebrate World Youth Day in Brazil.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the pope asked.

Francis’ first news conference as pope was wide-ranging and open, touching on everything from the greater role he believes women should have in the Catholic Church to the troubled Vatican Bank.

While his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, responded to only a few pre-selected questions during his papal trips, Francis did not dodge a single query, even thanking the journalist who asked about reports of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican and allegations that one of his trusted monsignors was involved in a gay tryst.

Francis said he investigated the allegations against the clergyman according to canon law and found nothing to back them up. He took journalists to task for reporting on the matter, saying it concerned issues of sin, not crimes like sexually abusing children. And when someone sins and confesses, he said, God not only forgives — he forgets.

“We don’t have the right to not forget,” he said.

While the comments did not signal a change in Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” they indicated a shift in tone under Francis’ young papacy and an emphasis on a church that is more inclusive and merciful rather than critical and disciplinary.

Francis’ stance contrasted markedly with that of Benedict, who signed a document in 2005 that said men who had deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.

Gay leaders were buoyed by Francis’ approach, saying the change in tone was progress in itself, although for some the encouragement was tempered by Francis’ talk of gay clergy’s “sins.”

“Basically, I’m overjoyed at the news,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of the U.S.-based New Ways Ministry, a group that promotes justice and reconciliation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the wider church community.

“For decades now, we’ve had nothing but negative comments about gay and lesbian people coming from the Vatican,” DeBernardo said in a telephone interview from Maryland.

The largest U.S. gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement that the pope’s remarks “represent a significant change in tone.”

Still, said Chad Griffin, the HRC president, as long as gays “are told in churches big and small that their lives and their families are disordered and sinful because of how they were born — how God made them — then the church is sending a deeply harmful message.”

In Italy, the country’s first openly gay governor, Nichi Vendola, urged fellow politicians to learn a lesson from the pope.

“I believe that if politics had one-millionth of the capacity to … listen that the pope does, it would be better able to help people who suffer,” he said.

Vendola praised the pope for drawing a clear line between homosexuality and pedophilia. “We know that a part of reactionary clerical thought plays on the confusion between these two completely different categories,” he said.

[Story credit: Miami Herald]

30 thoughts on “Video: Catholic Pope Francis On Gay Priests “I Can’t Judge Homosexuals Searching The Lord With Good Will”

  1. In essence what is the pope saying? God did not create anybody gay, it is a function of sexual orientation which forms after puberty. Sin is sin no matter how it is coloured or who colours it. Pope Francis should please go thru the bible again before he allows this shift. The bible says because men refused to retain God in their hearts, God gave men over to a reprobate mind. ”And because men refused to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either– women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men”… And on and on the bible goes. The quoted verse is from The Message Bible. You can get the full verse from Romans 1 : 22-32. Verse 32 says.. And its not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they are spitting in God’s face. Amd they don’t care– worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!

  2. Plz mr pope God did not creats anybody a gay so preach against dem and dont allow dem to seek d face of d lord cos dey don’t deserve it at all.

  3. What does he mean by seeking God? is just like an armed robber telling you that he is seeking God, he starts by turning around and leaving his old habit to put on a new personality in accord with God’s word the bible, pls see Jude vers 7 an…d Rom. 1: 24-27. also read 1 Cor. 6: 9-11 which shows that one can still make a u turn in his life, forsaking his unrighteous way before you can be acceptable to God. WHAT SHOWS YOU ARE SEEKING GOD IS THE WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE, THERE ARE NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT!!!

  4. The pope has left the faith to have commented in support of gay.if i were him i will quitly resined before i lead million of people to HELL.

  5. God creat Adam&eve as husband&wife,God didnt creat man 2 marry man or woman to mary woman,in normal sense is not madness 4 man to man or woman to woman is v bad,dis world will soon end dis is end of time, may God help us.4 d pope let him read his bible well is v bad on him 2 make dat statement

  6. what is this world turning into, how can a leader of the Roman Catholic church, pope francis speak and encourage such an Evil words which was forbiding in the HOLY BIBLE, a man to marry this follow man, infact i want ask did Adam marry his follow during the time of creation, indeed it a sign of End-time ? Ooo what a shame ?

  7. Dats total nonsense from a deep man of God.how can he back them up?that shows what pope Benedict pass through.and when the preesure is high on him, he resign.may God almighty be wit him.francis came in and say a tin like that in order to impress the world leaders like obama,cameron and d rest,in sha Allah it will nt be well wit who ever show some suport for gaysm,amen.

  8. Mr. Pope are u sayin God is a fool? 4 sayin man cannot live & 4 dat matta created eve….if Adam had married a follow man would u be in existance(alive) 2day 2 say all dis trash? U r spitting into God’s face.

  9. God did not create ada and eve nor did he create adam and steve really by their fruit you shall know them get out of babylon the great before it is too late rev 18 verse 4 too bad too bad because soon u wll be anihilated 2geda with all ur followers

  10. some of you people need to change your way of thinking ,of cause being a gay or lesbian is noting to be proud of but if some set of people derive their happiness in such practicing .we need to think on how our dear country will
    be free from the hand of bad leadership and the so call 419 pastor and evangelist that was using the opportunity of the social problem in the society to enrich them self in the name of god and jesus christ
    not all this people that beside what they want for themself
    you are a christen bc you want
    some are muslim bc the encontred their happiness their
    while some are traditionalist .
    if you people realy love god and are godly not religios live this people alone and let them be happy in their way.some that has normal sex are worst than them.

    • Am so surprised that a religion leader wil be in suport of gay right not to talk of pope(a catholic priest for that matter) when the bible is clearly against it! Mr Alex,i think u are the one that really need to change your mind or do more findings in your bible.

  11. Mr pope, you are a disgrace. How i wish i can talk to ur hearing, that means benedict the forma wil be beta than you. So dis how the devil has possed you to work for him. Felow nigerians, lets not mind him cus he must be an instrument of the devil. But God, since dis a challange to you and ur people come and make ur self a name. Folow me on tweeter @judemarcell, [email protected] judemarcell, [email protected] ugonna iwuji. Tank you

  12. I am a member of catholic community but this interview has just dumbfounded me and confirmed the rumored reason why the former Pope resigned. I am really shocked here and don’t know what to say. We are heading to trouble and skewed leadership. GOD have your way!!!

  13. End time! 1 peter 4 v 17 ” The Bible says, for the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God. 3 John 1 v 11 “Beloved,do not inimitate what is evil but what is good,He who has ear,let him hear.

  14. What d pope is saying is according to Math 7:7 . Thou shall not judge. It is God that knows the best way 2 handle them. Let us accept them in d society. U never know some can still change.

  15. Ooooooh Lord Jesus christ plzz help us about dis called gay marrage. But wat i know is dat ur word never change, wat i see about dis is dat d word of God wanna becos true dis is d sing of our coming lord Jesus christ d saviour, may lord Jesus christ help us to take part in God’s kingdom. Amen!… We dont need to pray about wat is goinn to hapen becos is d sing of end time bible told us about, but we have to pray about is hw we will be save! D hard time REVENATION told us about is wat we are seen as joke like dis’o. God i claim heaven in d PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!!!…U also claim it if u like to ve save

  16. This pope na wako pope, he non just get sense at all, anyway before he become pope he must first join something, maybe pope na illuminati, wako person like pope francis

  17. My fellow believers in Christ, i urge you to remain steadfast in your faith and meditate in God’s word daily. Read 2nd Peter:2vs1-end. It gives us more insight into the activities of satan and his agents. May God uphold us till He comes back and find us worthy to go home with Him

  18. I think that most of you have missed the point that the Pope was making. I don’t believe he was speaking about priests who are practicing homosexuals, but rather those who are homosexual (i.e. attracted to men) who do not participate in the sexual acts and are seeking God by becoming priests. He’s saying he’s in no posistion to judge such people who honestly are seeking God.

  19. Adex u be idiot and you no get sence,you go fit live your child wey dey follow robbers becos na the life im won live ? so if they catch am dem go carry am come show u,and you go open your wide village mouth to vomit rotten words out from your rotten mouth?

  20. i am not surprise, this man will not uphold i single truth of the bible…..you guys will see……that’s just the truth

  21. In truth those that will go into the kingdom of God are very few! someone said who is he to judge if a criminal seek the face of God with good will, he refused to condemned, yet you are condemning him. In his statement(pope) also condemn the attempt to accept to make it an acceptable way of life. one can have the tendency or orientation but can shun the practices as it is expected with other forms of sins. the chatholic always pray for the conversion sinners & not their condemnation. You better understand that christ come for WE SINNERS & NOT YOU THE RIGHTOUS ONE. God bless you my pope.

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