Pope Francis won’t judge gays, admits not all saints at Vatican, opposes women priests
Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society, in some of the most conciliatory remarks by a pontiff on the issue of homosexuality. In a broad-ranging 80-minute conversation with journalists on the plane bringing him back from a week-long visit to Brazil on Sunday night, he also said he could not judge gay priests, an emotive topic that divides Catholic opinion. But the 76-year-old Argentine did reaffirm Church teaching that homosexual acts are a sin.
Francis also stressed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests was definitive, although he would like them to have more leadership roles in administration and pastoral activities. And he expressed pain over scandals at the Vatican bank during a remarkably forthright press conference, his first since being elected in March to replace Benedict XVI.
His forthright tone and readiness to field so many questions underlined Francis’ desire to do things differently. He has eschewed many trappings of the papacy, championed the poor and tackled some of the biggest scandals facing the Church head-on.
Francis said there were saints in the Holy See but also “those who are not very saintly”.
The airborne encounter with journalists covered issues as varied as the pope’s insistence on low-key security to his desire to unlock the shackles of the Vatican to go for walks. For more, see UPDATE 3-Pope says gays should not be marginalised | Reuters.
Our Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella and staffers in Brazil covered the pope’s visit — here’s a selection of their stories:
- UPDATE 1-Pope says Vatican bank must be “honest and transparent”
- Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:21am EDT
- Pope says Catholic ban on women priests ‘definitive’
- Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:39am EDT
- Pope says Vatican bank must be “honest and transparent”
- Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:03am EDT
- Millions at Brazil Mass hear pope ask youth to change world
- Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:40pm EDT
- Analysis: Pope’s Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup
- Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:46pm EDT
- Pope, in candid speech, speaks of ‘exodus’ from the Church
- Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:30pm EDT
- Pope, in Brazil, asks young to change unfair, corrupt world
- Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:39pm EDT
- Despite rapturous reception, pope faces challenges in Latin America
- Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:50pm EDT
- With Pope in town, ribald Rio a land of outdoor confessionals
- Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:51am EDT
- Pope scolds rich, demands social justice in visit to Brazil slum
- Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:30pm EDT
- Pope, in Brazil, speaks out against liberalization of drug use
- Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:09pm EDT
- Huge crowds in Brazil welcome pope back to home continent
- Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:35am EDT
- Bikinis make way for rosaries on Brazil beach as youths await pope
- Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:31pm EDT
- Francis lands in Brazil for first trip abroad as pope
- Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:56pm EDT
- Pope fears lost generation of young unemployed
- Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:08am EDT
- Pope Francis heads to less Catholic, more restive Brazil
- Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:09am EDT
- Pope and former pope meet ahead of Brazil trip
- Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:37pm EDT