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Pope Francis Says Homosexuality Not Criminal

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Pope Francis puts an end to long-running arguments about the Roman Catholic Church’s position on same-sex partnerships by declaring that being homosexual is “not a crime,” albeit it is “a sin.”

The claim was made by the Pope in an interview with The Associated Press that was made public on Wednesday. He urged the congregation to be more accepting of the LGBTQ population and emphasized that God accepts all of his children, regardless of their sexual orientations.

It’s not illegal. Yes, but it’s a sin,” the pope reportedly said. Let’s first make a distinction between a sin and a crime, though.

He argued that it was “unjust” to criminalize homosexuality. Although he deemed it to be a “sin,” he did concede that certain Catholic bishops promote discrimination towards LGBTQ people.

He begged the bishops to change their minds and be tolerant of homosexuals.

He declared, “These bishops must go through a conversion process, as a lack of charity toward one another is likewise a sin.” In support of his views, the Pope “used the Catechism of the Catholic Church in stating gays must be welcomed and should not be marginalized,” the Associated Press reports.

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