Pope Francis Expresses Tolerance of Gays, Support for Women

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Pope Francis addresses a World Youth Day crowd on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach on July 25, 2013. His trip to Brazil was his first foray abroad since being elected in March

In a revealing interview published in multiple Jesuit publications, including America magazine, the Pope appeared to back away from the church’s frequent focus on issues of sexuality and reproduction.

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” he said. “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

Pope Francis also challenged Catholic attitudes about homosexuality.

“In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this,” the Pope said before restating his unprecedented July comments about not judging gay people. “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.”

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” he continued. “I replied with another question: ‘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.”

Pope Francis also advocated for a more inclusive atmosphere for women in the church.

“The church cannot be herself without the woman and her role,” he said. “The woman is essential for the church. Mary, a woman, is more important than the bishops… We must therefore investigate further the role of women in the church. We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of the woman. Only by making this step will it be possible to better reflect on their function within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.”

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semiautomat
semiautomat

- BAFFLED and SPEECHLESS. :O

- I wanted to say that now I've lived to see them all. I'm literally baffled. BAFFLED. In my mind Church was associated with terms like rigidity, discrimination, and oppozition towards studying and understanding the new actual needs and expectations of people. It was associated with good terms also, like generosity, care for the poor, important history source, and care for souls health and redemption.

- I am not a woman, nor am I gay, but have to admit that I felt Church was somehow blocking some very necessary individual freedoms. Now it's all changed, some wise people finally got to leadership and we can all see and sincerely appreciate that.

- I don't know the other Popes but I know their effects, and I have to say this Pope is the most cultivated, most humane, most intelligent and most visionary Pope of all there ever were on Earth. What he said really moved me and from this moment I reverse my thoughts toward Catholic Church and say God Bless You Francis And Your Cool Church! If somehow you happen to read this article and the comments, You are the greatest Pope of all, and we wish you all the good on Earth. Respect. :)

- I am an Orthodox not a Catholic, but there is no problem to recognize a good person, it's actually a pleasure cause I never thought I'll feel such friendly thoughts for a Pope in my life. That's all I wanted to say, with this kind of tolerant and modern judgement, a new bright light has been cast upon Church in many people's eyes. Beautiful! This thing surprised me the most of all things that happened around me in the latest years, and I really am speechless. :) This Pope is dope! The kids will love him. Cause if they want to believe, now they don't feel guilty of anything and can open their heart and that allows them to smile and be good persons and enjoy God's true love for them. :)

- Cheers Francis, you're a remarcable man!


P.S. I appologise about my nickname, its not very appropriate for this kind of comment about Holy things =)) (its an account created for admins to identify me in Counter Strike 1.6 servers) but I was forced to use this account as I don't have other right now and I'm lazy to create a new one. But I guess there's no probs thank you :P




DaveSi
DaveSi

@rgsunico They'll probably brand him as a heretic and burn him at the stake.

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

The monotheists are desperately trying to remain relevant in the age of information.

The religious should spend their energy on things that actually are banes to humanity, like greed and war. Greed and violence are the two worst traits of humanity. It is hypocrisy that the religious claim to care about life but completely ignore war or even foment violent mentalities.

We will all die one day and concepts of gods can help ameliorate the uncertainty of what will happen to us when we do, but our faith in the afterlife has become a corruptible inveterate of civilization.  It's time we release ourselves of selfish mythologies. 

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The way I see it is that Pope Francis has some secret info on when the Apocalypse is coming and he's trying to make things right at the last minute. He knows something that the rest of us who were raised Catholic don't if he's all of a sudden changing so many things about the Church. Either that, or he is fed up with all of the judgment that Catholicism places on women and gays. If that's the case, I love the man, but I'm not returning to Catholicism or any form of religion. Great thing that he's cool with people being agnostic and atheists too. This Pope is the man!

p_jasonsmith
p_jasonsmith

@D1egoBernal Not really. As followers of Christ we are commanded to love people. It's a sin not to love ppl as Jesus did