Pope Francis has spoken openly about homosexuality. In a recent interview, the pope said that homosexual tendencies “are not a sin.” And a few years ago, in comments made during an in-flight interview, he said,
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
However, the pope has also discouraged homosexual men from entering the priesthood. He categorically stated in another interview that for one with homosexual tendencies, the “ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.”
Many gay priests, when interviewed by The New York Times, characterized themselves as being in a “cage” as a result of the church’s policies on homosexuality.
As a scholar specializing in the history of the Catholic Church and gender studies, I can attest that 1,000 years ago, gay priests were not so restricted. In earlier centuries, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexual activity among priests or laypeople.
Open admission of same-sex desires
Source: A thousand years ago, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexuality : The Conversation
The pope addresses a crowd of half a million people in Dublin at the closing event of a fraught two-day trip to Ireland, which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and institutional abuse in the Catholic church. In his penitential prayer, the pope listed specific forms of abuse, including sexual crimes and forced or coerced adoptions.
Source: Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian
Pope begs forgiveness for abuse scandals as Ireland trip ends | The Guardian
Pope begs forgiveness for ‘state of shame’ inflicted on Ireland | Reuters
I suppose it is a start in the modernisation of the Catholic Church, for it has only taken some 20 centuries to create some progress, how many more centuries for more.
Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter released Monday.
Source: Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion – CNN.com
A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new accusations on Wednesday that he had promoted another cleric despite the man having a previous conviction .
Source: The French Catholic Church is involved in a deepening sexual abuse cover-up | DeadState
A training document released last week by the Vatican, which was issued to newly inducted bishops, states that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that “only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.”
Source: Catholic church tells bishops that it’s ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report sex abuse by priests | DeadState