Pope Francis desires a “new balance” in the Catholic Church, asking for greater involvement of women and less condemnation towards gay people.
In an interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, Pope Francis, who was elected in March, stresses the need for reform in the Catholic Church, stating that the first change must be one of “attitude.”
Fox News Latino reports that Francis expanded on his ground-breaking comments over the summer. Two months ago, he caused a news sensation when he was asked about gay priests. “Who am I to judge?” was his response about the sexual orientation of priests.
He delved into the issue in the article, “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?”
The pope also said that the issue is extremely complex and often must be taken up on a case by case basis. The key is for the church to welcome, not exclude and to show mercy, not condemnation, he said.
He described the church as the ‘home of all’ not a ‘small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people.’
What do you think? Should gays and women be allowed to serve in the Catholic church?