Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pope Francis Says Church Should Apologise to Gays

The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said.

In a press conference Sunday on the flight back to Rome after his weekend trip to Armenia, the pontiff said bluntly: "The church must say it's sorry for not having comported itself well many times, many times."

"I believe that the church not only must say it's sorry ... to this person that is gay that it has offended," said the pope. "But it must say it's sorry to the poor, also, to mistreated women, to children forced to work."

"When I say the church: Christians," Francis clarified. "The church is healthy. We are the sinners."

The pope was responding to a question about remarks German Cardinal Reinhard Marx made last week that the Catholic church should apologize to the gay community for marginalizing them.

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Archimandrite Gregory said...

One of the things that should be included with the papal travel gear is a generous portion of duct tape to be placed on the papal mouth as he enters the plane and removed when he arrives in Rome. Apologies can often ring as insecure or patronizing. Refraining from unchristian behavior is far better and productive.

Gregory Manning said...

If I may, The Babylon Bee routinely does great satirical send-ups, mostly Protestant, but they did a great one on the Pope and his penchant for escaping his leash.