Pope Francis, while on the Papal plane, on Sunday, said that Christians owe apologies to homosexuals and others offended and or exploited by the church.
“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally.”
He said this at a press conference on the papal plane on his trip back from Armenia.
“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!”
He goes on…
“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; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”
The Pope was responding to a question concerning a German Cardinal who stated the Catholic Church needed to apologize for being “very negative” about gays. The Pope was also asked if Christians should be partially blamed for hatred toward the LGBT community.
And here’s what Pope Francis replied:
“One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior…Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no?
“But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well.”