Pope Francis made some controversial statements on said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.
The statement from the Roman Catholic leader comes despite the fact that the Bible condemns Homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22,
‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.'(NIV version)
The pope was speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia. He also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for “blessing so many weapons” in the past.
Francis made this statement after a reporter asked him if it was important for an apology to be made for the killing of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida this month.
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Francis recalled Church teachings that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against, but should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”
With a sad look on his face the pope said:
“I think that the Church not only should apologize … to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons.”
The Church teaches that homosexual tendencies are not sinful but homosexual acts are, and that homosexuals should try to be chaste.
“The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?”
“We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gays), but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize! Forgiveness! Lord, it is a word we forget so often!” he said.
Francis has been hailed by many in the gay community for being the most merciful pope toward them in recent history and conservative Catholics have criticized him for making comments they say are ambiguous about sexual morality.