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originally posted by: cuckooold
So the Pontiff himself has come out and said that not only should gay people should not be discriminated against, but that the church itself should apologise to them.
Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gay people for the way they had treated them.
In an hour-long conversation with reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia,the pontiff was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologise to gay people.
The pope recalled Church teachings, saying: “[Gay people] should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally.
“I think that the Church not only should apologise … to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologise for having blessed so many weapons.”
Still not condoning homosexual acts, but definitely a step in a more tolerant direction.
He seems inclined to apologise for other sins of the church.
“We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologise; forgiveness. Lord, it is a word we forget so often.” he said.
No doubt his words will draw scorn from some, but I think it a positive move from the head of the Catholic church.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Pope Francis is an excellent argument for not being Catholic. Glad I am not one.
Perhaps he should read his own holy book and apologize for it too? These days, something as simple as Christ's teachings on divorce is "hateful," so I am done being apologetic.
originally posted by: CabablancaHizb
You don't even know what Jihad means.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
By all means, lambast the first pope who is Christian in deed rather than word, for a genuinely Christian act. Let the dogma you have been exposed to become more important than the spirit and love of Jesus Christ. After all, it's only your soul that will suffer for it.
Facepalm does not cover it.
Matthew 7:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.