Pope Francis amends his statement on homosexuality


Following questions from the LGBTQ+ community, Pope Francis amended his statement made for the Associated Press earlier this month — that homosexuality was still a sin even if it was not a crime — instead, claiming he meant any sexual activity outside of the Catholic sacrament of marriage. Pope Francis was praised for his words condemning the criminalization of the LGBTQ+ community globally, but activists still pushed the Pope to clarify his own stance on LGBTQ+ identities. Pope Francis went even further, stating that the traditional Catholic teachings needed to be reexamined in light of current circumstances, possibly eliminating the sin entirely. Rev. Hames Martin of Outreach, a ministry for LGBTQ+ Catholics, prompted the call for Pope Francis’ clarification and published it along with the Catholic church’s response on Outreach’s website.


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