POPE FRANCIS: DECRIMINALIZE HOMOSEXUALITY
Pope Francis in an interview with the Associated Press condemned laws that criminalize homosexuality and sodomy. “Being homosexual is not a crime. It’s not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime,” Francis said. The pope also said that bishops who support anti-sodomy laws must undergo a process of “conversion.” READ
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Pope Francis chooses to talk about criminality when he should be stressing repentance and salvation. What a disappointment.
I think that we all agree that you cannot legislate morality. The Catholic position to me is very clear, hate the sin but love the sinner. Homosexual activity is morally wrong, but we will not help those challenged with issue by shaming them or alienating them. I think that our Pope’s message can be turned against the Church like so many other statements. Sad.
STEVE RAY HERE: I agree to a point, but every legislation is concerning morality. Morality must be legislated in a society. The problem we face today is we no longer have the unified moral world view like we did in early America. We now have anti-Christ forces trying to push immoral legislation like abortion.
When we legislate against abortion, we are legislating morality. The other problem we have today is that people assume that if something is legal, it must then be moral. Sad state of affairs. Our pope is out of touch on this one.
The sin of sodomy is one of those sins that cries out to heaven for vengeance. God literally rain down fire from heaven to punish the people of Sodom and Gomorrah for this type of sin. If God says this is serious stuff it is because it is that serious, and no pastors of the Church – not even a pope – should be watering down this issue.
I see that Pope Francis has clarified is position. I wish that he would think before he talks. Maybe he needs a good press secretary.
STEVE RAY HERE: Amen!