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
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 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
A Pope who feels and shows consideration for the members of the Catholic Church in these more modern times.
Gay Marriage link
Before the Bishop of Shrewsbury makes comments relating to Communism and Nazism, he should ensure his own house is in order.
What have we had over the past few years, active abuse against children by priests and nuns and the church ignoring it. Priests actively involved in terrorism (Northern Ireland). Priests coveting another mans wife, surely against 1 of the TEN Commandments.
Does the Catholic Church attract gays and lesbians as priests and nuns?
How can any official in the Roman Catholic Church make any reference to marriage, when they themselves do not marry, except to their religion.
All officials of the RC Church should be following all the principles of Christianity and not pick and choose when it suits them.
But over the years there have been changes within the Church Sin over the years as said by the Church.
In effect, does it really matter who gets married, after all, is it not just a paper exercise? Surely it is the bond and love between to individuals that matters more.