Pope Francis: Church Must Accompany Gays, Not Discriminate
On his return flight today back from Armenia, the Holy Father said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having ‘marginalized’ them.
By Elise Harris
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — In a wide-ranging in-flight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.
Francis agreed that the Church ought to apologize in cases of discrimination against individuals struggling with same-sex attraction and referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which emphasizes the need to accompany and respect these persons.
“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally,” the Pope said June 26 on board his return flight from Armenia to Rome.