Few weeks after a gay nightclub in Orlando became the site of one the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, and as numerous L.G.B.T.Q. Pride celebrations were winding down throughout the country on Sunday night, Pope Francis said that the gay community deserves an apology, as do all others who have historically felt discriminated against by the Catholic Church.
“I think the church must not only apologize . . . to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor,” The Pope told reporters aboard the papal plane Sunday, when asked whether he agreed with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said that the gay community deserves an apology from the church for having marginalized them. The church “has to ask for forgiveness for having blessed so many weapons,” the pontiff added, N
Pope Francis has said that the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for the way it has treated them. He told journalists that the Church had no right to judge the gay community, and should show them respect.
The Pope has been hailed by many in the gay community for his positive attitude towards homosexuals. But some conservative Catholics have criticised him for making comments they say are ambiguous about sexual morality.