In an interview with the Associated Press, Pope Francis said in clear and direct terms, “Being homosexual isn’t a crime.”
BREAKING: Pope Francis in #TheAPInterview calls laws criminalizing homosexuality “unjust” and asserts: “Homosexuality is not a crime.” The pontiff says God loves all his children just as they are. https://t.co/iejGzRZKud
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2023
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. 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,” he said.
According to The Human Dignity Trust, there are 67 countries or jurisdictions around the world where consensual same-sex activity is a crime. Eleven of those countries impose the death penalty for same-sex intimacy.
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Pope Francis condemned “unjust” laws that criminalize homosexuality and said the church should welcome LGBTQ people in an interview with The Associated Press.
He also called on bishops who support discriminatory laws to undergo a “process of conversion.”https://t.co/8j6QRf3f9h
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 25, 2023
The pope's remarks build on his earlier expressions of support for the LGBTQ community, which has traditionally been marginalized by the church.https://t.co/It6mULRa1w
— Axios (@axios) January 25, 2023
Pope Francis's historic call for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide is an immense step forward for #LGBTQ people, their families and all who love them. This is the first time that any Pope has made such a clear statement about this issue of life and death…
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) January 25, 2023