Pope Francis has publically said that the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for how it has treated them.
He also said that the Church has no right to judge the gay community, and should also be respectful towards them. He didn’t stop at the LGBT community, though, he also called for apologies to the other people the Church has marginalised: women, the poor, and children forced into labour.
The Pope spoke about this while on his plane, on the way back from Armenia. He said: “I will repeat what the catechism of the Church says, that they [homosexuals] should not be discriminated against, that they should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”
“I think that the Church not only should apologise… to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by [being forced to] work. It must apologise for having blessed so many weapons.”
Pope Francis has of course gotten a fair amount of praise for his positive attitude towards the LGBT community.
In the past, he said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
It is rather doubtful that the Roman Catholic Church will actually apologise as Pope Francis suggests, but it is still positive to see that the Pope is calling for recognition of LGBT people by the Church.