In an interview with America, The National Catholic Review, Pope Francis expounded on the inflight homosexuality comment that garnered massive media attention back in July, according to Vatican News on Thursday. While his words will not alter current doctrine, his beliefs have set forth a new wave of treatment that have made gay and lesbians feel welcomed in the Catholic Church.
James Martin, SJ of America Magazine has outlined the most inspiring and noteworthy points from the exclusive and historical interview with Pope Francis, beginning with the first question about the Pontiff’s identity. When asked who Jorge Mario Bergoglio is, the Holy Father responded humbly and sincerely, “I am a sinner.” This is the reason Pope Francis has quickly become so endeared by Catholics, the true authenticity in which he speaks.
But what has captured the ear of the world, are Pope Francis’ words on homosexuality, a fact one of the editors believes, “has changed the way the Catholic Church speaks to and about gay persons.”
The Pope clarified his response to the question on gay priests that was made during the July inflight press conference on the trip back to Rome from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. He explained that his words referred to all gay people.
A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person.
During the return flight I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.
Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanied persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.
Martin had stated he heard from gay and lesbian Catholics who feel welcomed at church, and that is thanks to the Pontiff’s words. Additionally, the Archbishop of Mumbai told the priests in his diocese to be thoughtful when speaking to gays and lesbians. The Long Island Catholic Examiner has also been personally informed that many gay and lesbian Catholics are excited with these new revelations. While doctrine has not changed and may not for a while, an open dialogue from the Pope is a start in a positive direction.
The extensive interview, which was compiled by the magazine’s editorial team over three meetings with Pope Francis, can be read in its entirety in America, The National Catholic Review.
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