Pope Francis used a remarkably candid interview Monday to declare that gay people should not be “marginalized” and that it was not for him to judge a person’s sexuality.
In a significant shift of stance, the Pope struck a much more conciliatory tone than traditional Vatican doctrine, which has called homosexuality “a deviation” and “an irregularity” that should preclude gay men from becoming priests.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the Pope said during an interview with reporters. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
The Pope spoke to Vatican correspondents aboard the papal plane as he returned from Rio to Rome, a day after celebrating Mass in front of an estimated three million people on Copacabana beach.
His comments do not fundamentally change the policy of the Roman Catholic Church, which…
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