Pope: Leave gays alone

ROME — Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to “interfere spiritually” in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

Moreover, if the church fails to find a “new balance” between its spiritual and political missions, the pope warned, its moral foundation will “fall like a house of cards.”

The interview, released by Jesuit magazines in several different languages and 16 countries on Thursday, offers perhaps the most expansive and in-depth view of Francis’ vision for the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope1The pope’s comments don’t break with Catholic doctrine or policy, but instead show a shift in approach, moving from censure to engagement.

Elected in March with the expectation that he would try to reform the Vatican, an institution that many observers say is riven by corruption and turf wars, Francis said his first mission is to change the church’s “attitude.”

“The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things,” the pope said, “in small-minded rules.”

“The people of God want pastors,” Francis continued, “not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.”

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2 comments

  • guest

    I will not interfere with the homosexuals lives when they stop interfering with mine! stop shoving your perverse lifestyle down the throats of our youth!!!!

  • Chris

    This man is supposed to honor and spread the word of God, not make it up as he goes. This is frightening when even our spiritual leaders will not stand up to debauchery and sin. The bible doesn't mince words on homosexuality. I am finding it harder and harder to stay connected to the church with their PC behavior and concern for political message rather than spreading the word.


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