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Pope Clarifies His Past Remarks Regarding Gay People

"I prefer that homosexuals come to confession, that they stay close to the Lord, and that we pray all together."

For the first time, Pope Francis is expanding upon remarks he made about gays three years ago.

In 2013, reporters asked the pontiff how he would feel if he discovered a cleric in the Catholic Church was gay, but not sexually active.

“Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” he responded. “You can’t marginalize these people.”

Now, Pope Francis has spoken with journalist Andrea Tornielli for the upcoming book The Name of God is Mercy, and has clarified his original statement.

“On that occasion I said this: ’If a person is gay and seeks out the Lord and is willing, who am I to judge that person?'” the pontiff said. “I was paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it says that these people should be treated with delicacy and not be marginalized.”

He continued:

“I am glad that we are talking about ‘homosexual people’ because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity. And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love…I prefer that homosexuals come to confession, that they stay close to the Lord, and that we pray all together. You can advise them to pray, show goodwill, show them the way, and accompany them along it.”

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