Pope Francis asks, “Who am I to judge,” referring to an accused gay priest.
A progressive statement for the Catholic Church on gay issues, or not enough?
Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Brazil ON Sunday at World Youth Day , which drew some 3 million people.
On a plane leaving Rio, when Pope Francis was asked about allegations of an Italian priest having a gay affair, the pope said, “If they accept the lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency is not the problem. They are our brothers.”
“Being a homosexual isn’t a tendency, it’s who people are,” says Frank Perez reacting to the Pope’s statement. “If he were to change church law and position and policy, then that would be more impressive to me.”
Perez and his friend Bob Ogle say the church’s opposition to gay marriage is a big concern in New Orleans, “They are still clueless when to comes to this issue. “says Perez.
“Until they allow the clergy to be married, they still will be clueless,” chimes in Ogle.
Still in disagreement on some of the church’s stances on homosexual issues, Perez and Ogle say the Popes’ statement is a step in the right direction.
“That’s a step but it’s a tiny one,” says Ogle. “Not even allowing women to give the sacraments and so on and so forth. It’s ridiculous.”
Perez agrees, “It’s an improvement but it’s not nearly enough.”