Pope Francis is challenging the Catholic Church's long standing view on gay parenting. This past week-end, Francis's comments at the Catholic Union Of Superiors General in November were released to the public. Francis expressed how families have changed, including more kids being raised by gay parents.
Instead of excluding children of same-sex couples, Francis proposed a kinder approach.
"We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them," said Francis, as stated on www.worldnews.nbcnews.com.
Stressing inclusion of gay parents and their kids in the church, Francis added, "I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: 'my mother's girlfriend doesn't love me' ... how can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?"
Change has been something the Catholic Church has been reluctant to adjust to, especially concerning gay parents. Pope Francis, who was named both TIME Magazine's and The Advocate's Person of 2013, is the first Catholic Pope to show tolerance and compassion toward the LGBT community. Pope Francis' stand on a person's sexual orientation shows empathy and acceptance.
"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" said Francis back in July, as stated on www.huffingtonpost.com. "You can't marginalize these people."
Does this mean that the Catholic Church's leader approves of same-sex marriage?
Not according to Father Federico Lombardi, The Vatican's spokesman.
According to the www.latimes.com, Lombardi recently said to Vatican Radio, “Speaking of an ‘opening to gay couples’ is paradoxical because the pope’s speech was totally general and because even the small concrete example given by the Pope (a girl who is sad because her mother’s girlfriend doesn’t love her) alludes directly to the suffering of the children."
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