GOING AGAINST G-D: Pope Francis calls to accept gays
In a major shift of Catholic tenets of faith, pope releases paper instructing Catholics on how to live, tells them to accept homosexuals.
By Ari Yashar
Pope Francis, who has long revealed his liberal positions through interviews, came out on Friday in an official statement calling on Catholics to be more accepting of homosexuals as well as divorced Catholics.
While he didn’t change official church doctrines in his paper, which is an “apostolic exhortation” instructing Catholics on how to live, the pope paved the way for a serious shift in the Catholic church away from central tenets of the faith.
“A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws…as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives,” he wrote in the paper, cited by CNN. “By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth.”
“I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion. But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a Church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness,” he added.
“Every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration.”
Pope Francis’ statements appear in his paper “On Love in the Family,” entitled “Amoris Laetitia” in Latin. It