Pope Francis says 'Being homosexual is not a crime'...

Pope Francis says 'Being homosexual is not a crime'...

| Wednesday 25 January 2023

In an interview with the Associated Press, Pope Francis spoke out against laws criminalizing homosexuality and called on members of the clergy to be charitable to others.

Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as "unjust," saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

"Being homosexual isn’t a crime," Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.

Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of "sin." But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds, and said bishops in particular need to "have a process of conversion," adding that they should apply "tenderness, [...] as God has for each one of us."

Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty, according to The Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws. Experts say even where the laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigmatization and violence against LGBTQ people.

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