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Pope Francis at The Vatican on Jan. 24, 2023.
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Pope Francis says homosexuality is a sin but not a crime and criticizes ‘unjust’ anti-gay laws

“Declaring such laws ‘unjust,’ Francis said the Catholic Church can and should work to put an end to them. ‘It must do this. It must do this.’

From the Associated Press via NBC News:

Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

“Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.

Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds, and said bishops in particular need to undergo a process of change to recognize the dignity of everyone.

“These bishops have to have a process of conversion,” he said, adding that they should apply “tenderness, please, as God has for each one of us.”

Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty, according to The Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws. Experts say even where the laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigmatization and violence against LGBTQ people.

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On Tuesday, Francis said there needed to be a distinction between a crime and a sin with regard to homosexuality.

“Being homosexual is not a crime,” he said. “It’s not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime.”

“It’s also a sin to lack charity with one another,” he added.

Catholic teaching holds that while gays must be treated with respect, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” Francis has not changed that teaching, but he has made reaching out to the LGBTQ community a hallmark of his papacy.

Posted by Steve on January 25, 2023 at 10:05 am | Permalink

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  1. Finally, some common sense on the subject. I published an article on that very subject two years ago at my website in July of 2020 entitled “lgbt-marriages.” So, do you think maybe Pope Francis read it?

    Comment by Carlos A Perez on January 25, 2023 at 2:06 pm

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