After Orlando shootings, Pope Francis says church must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them

While aboard the Papal plane, Pope Francis said that groups such as gays who have been marginalized by the church in the past deserve an apology.

The holy father was asked Sunday while en route from Armenia to Vatican City if he agreed with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said after the deadly Orlando attack that the church owes gays an apology, according to The Associated Press.

The pope has often used a variation of “Who am I to judge?” in the past, and this was no different.

While condemning some of the politicized behavior of militant groups within the LGBT community, he added, “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?”

“We must accompany them,” Francis said.

“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, apologize for having blessed so many weapons” as well as the divorced for failing to accompany them.

The AP reported:

Francis uttered his “Who am I to judge?” comment during his first airborne press conference in 2013, signaling a new era of acceptance and welcome for gays in the church. Francis followed up by meeting with gay and transgender faithful, and most significantly, by responding to claims that he met with anti-gay marriage campaigner Kim Davis during his U.S. visit. He said the only personal meeting he held in Washington was with his gay former student and his partner.

 

The pope was referring to gays as a lifestyle choice rather than a medical condition, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters afterwards.

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But not everyone was in full agreement with the pope.

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