Twice this year, the Pope has spoken out about the injustice we are facing.
Pope Francis says laws criminalising LGBT people are a 'sin' and an injustice
By Philip Pullella
February 5, 2023
Pope Francis said on Sunday that laws criminalising LGBT people are a sin and an injustice because God loves and accompanies people with same-sex attraction.
Francis, who made his remarks in response to a reporter's question aboard the plane returning from a two-country trip to Africa, received full backing of his comments from two other Christian leaders on the plane with him.
"The criminalisation of homosexuality is a problem that cannot be ignored," said Francis, who then cited unnamed statistics according to which 50 countries criminalise LGBT people "in one way or another" and about 10 others have laws including the death penalty for them.
"This is not right. Persons with homosexual tendencies are children of God. God loves them. God accompanies them ... condemning a person like this is a sin. Criminalising people with homosexual tendencies is an injustice," Francis said.
The pope made the trip to South Sudan, the second country on the tour, as a peace pilgrimage with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields.
Both praised the pope's comments.
"I entirely agree with every word he said there," Welby said, noting that the Anglican communion was itself divided over gay rights and that two resolutions against criminalisation of LGBT people "have not really changed many people's minds".
Welby added: "I shall certainly quote the Holy Father. He said it so beautifully and accurately".
This is something that I have been saying all along, religious leaders have to speak up. They can’t repeat their silence of the 1930s and 40s.
I love LOVE this Pope, and I am a Quaker! lol He's special.ReplyDelete