Pope Francis on Civil Rights



Christians owe apologies to gays and others

Pope Francis said that Christians owe apologies to gays and others who have been offended or exploited by the church, remarks that some Catholics hailed as a breakthrough in the church's tone toward homosexuality. "The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally," Francis said. "The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times--when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners!"

The Pope spoke expansively, saying the church should seek forgiveness for a number of historical slights: "I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," he added, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor."

The Pope's comments came in response to a question about a German Cardinal who said the Catholic Church should apologize for being "very negative" about gays.

Source: CNN coverage of Papal press conference , Jun 26, 2016

Doesn't support breaking law to stop gay marriage

Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner and several friends to a brief meeting with Pope Francis on Sept. 23, the day before the pope met with Kim Davis [the Kentucky County Clerk who was arrested for refusing to issue a marriage license for same-sex couples]. A video was provided to The Washington Post by a friend of a friend of Grassi's.

The video shows Grassi embracing the pope and introducing him to the other guests. "We've taken up too much of your time," Grassi says in Spanish. "No, by God, thanks for coming by," the pope replies.

A Vatican spokesperson confirmed that the meeting took place: "The Pope, as pastor, has maintained many personal relationships [including] Mr. Yayo Grassi, a former Argentine student of Pope Francis."

The Vatican also put out a statement that appeared to downgrade the significance of the visit with Davis, saying it should "not be considered a form of support" of the Kentucky clerk's "position in all of its particular and complex aspects."

Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Oct 2, 2015

Met at Vatican Embassy with openly gay man & his partner

Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said. Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, said that the pope met Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican embassy in Washington during his visit to the US.

The Vatican chief spokesman said he would neither confirm nor deny the report and that there would be no further statement. The pope, speaking as he returned home from his 10-day trip to the US and Cuba, said government officials had a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty if they felt it violated their conscience.

During the meeting, the pope told Davis to "stay strong", Staver said. Davis, whose parents are Catholic, has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Conservative Christians, including some Republican presidential candidates, have said Davis is standing up for religious freedom.

Source: Reuters coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 30, 2015

If a gay person seeks God, Who am I to judge?

Francis is the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and has also marked himself out for his tolerance regarding taboo topics. In a remark that has become emblematic of his papacy, he asked "who am I to judge?" with regard to a gay person who seeks God.
Source: Thomson-Reuters coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 1, 2015

Same-sex unions threaten the family

Appealing to the traditional values of Filipino Catholic families, Pope Francis made one of his strongest calls as pope against movements to recognize same-sex unions as marriage. "The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage," the pope said Jan. 16, hours after warning that Philippine society was "tempted by confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage and the family."

"As you know, these realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God's plan for creation and betray the very values which have inspired and shaped all that is best in your culture," he said.

The pope called on his listeners to resist "ideological colonization that threatens the family." The Vatican spokesman said later that the pope was referring to same-sex marriage, among other practices.

Source: Catholic News Service, "Pope in Philippines" , Jan 16, 2015

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