Pope Francis On Gay Rights: “Jesus Saved Us All”

pope_francis_sept_18_2013Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

In his most recent interview, Pope Francis frankly expressed his views upon abortion, gay rights and the Roman Catholic church being focused on gay marriage.

The Pope says that, although the church is entitled to have its own opinions, it cannot “interfere spiritually” in the lives of homosexual individuals. This statement follows a similar one he made earlier in July, 2013.

In his interview with Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope says there is no necessity to talk about these issues all the time, but there is a need to focus on the the poor and other social problems.

“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent,” he further adds. “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

Also, the Pope says the church needs to find a new balance because without it, the moral edifice of the church will shatter “like a house of cards,” losing “the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”.

The Pope reminds that Jesus Christ has saved the humanity. Thus, the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy, above all.

The key, he notes, is for the church to not exclude.

The Pope spoke in Italian and then supervised the English translation of the interview, which was released in 16 Jesuit journals at the same time.

Rev. James Martin, editor of the Jesuit magazine in America, says he was surprised by the Pope’s “free-thinking”. He found Francis “creative, experimental, willing to live on the margins, push boundaries back a little bit.”

The new Pope turned out to be not as conservative as some thought he would be.

Francis also revealed several personal details about himself, such as his love of Mozart, Dostoevsky and Federico Fellini’s movie “La Strada.”

17 Comments

    • Lack of understanding is your problem, you need more education. Did he say it’s not a sin? He was just concerned about the condemnations they face from other Christains, reminding us of the need of not judging and treating badly because they are gays, but treat them with the love of God. Did Jesus condemn Mary Magdelene, or Zachaeus? No. Our showing them love not disdain can change them. Are you married? If no, are you a virgin? I guess you are not, so you are as sinful as the gay guy next door.

  • For him to say that the focus should shifted form the gays and channelled to social and other problems, means that he doesn’t see himself as a priest but a politician. Because if we Christians use the same bible that clearly identifies the only reason that God used fire and brimstone was because of the same issue that shouldn’t be treated with that much caution. It is really sad that he would say that…really sad.

  • I want you to Zero your mind on this gay issue, you know what bible said about sin, and all sins will be punished, once you know the truth the truth will set you free(from all sins). Don’t let someone you think knows everything in the bible deceive you by his or her own belief. Seek the truth and hold it firmly.God will not listen to excuse from anyone, He is not a respecter of person.

  • Who practice gay or homosexual is a wicked person but am not saying other sin are not sin,all sins are equal before God,but u see the sin of gay and lesbian God wil not spare those that practise it.if God can distroy a whole city cos of this sin ,brother i tell u God will spare those that are practising but God spare them, then i knw God is been partial.evry other sin is outside the body but the sin of fornication is inside our body,u did not just sin against God but u also sin against ur own body. If u re a gay today or lesbian repent and surrender to Jesus or u stir the Anger and course upon urself.if God can destroy a whole city cos of this sin then who are u to God?u are too small for to handle.stay away frm them or else u will soon join them .gay is demonic u can easily be possess by it.a word is a enough for the wise .do not allow any man to deceive u the bible sa on the last day many shall deceive many.

  • “Give to caeser what belongs to caeser and to God what belongs to God” that was christ’s answer to de Jews when they are trying to find faults to crucify him.
    It doesn’t mean he cannot just challenge them with the truth.
    When Christ said this, he was aware what the people expected him to say. This is the same case, just pray for the Pope so that he will not fall into temptation.

  • Thanks Maryann,no 1 knows the mind of God…its only by his grace that we are surviving..am against gay buh ah hve no right to judge cos its for God…..pope is not there to be discussing about gay…let him do the work of an evangelist instead of discussing rubbish all the time.

  • All we need is to obey d 10 commandments of d God u read ur bible dat anything dat is sin is sin. So live ur life d way u choose on d last day all wil be judge accordingly.

  • Personally I love girls but dat doesn’t mean I should fling out accusations,gays are being persecuted,but what about hermaphrodites?do we lump them in d same category after all they were born dat way,who do they sleep with?I could argue that whoever sleeps with them is gay

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