“America” magazine, published in New York as a leading weekly review of Catholic issues, has published an extensive and exclusive interview with Pope Francis that took place over three meetings in Rome in August, 2013.
The journal asked the pope about a wide range of social and faith issues, including the question of the Catholic Church’s relations with the LGBT community.
A few excerpts from Pope Francis’ replies:
A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.
We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
Continuing his commentary about the role of dogma and the teachings of the Church, Pope Francis added:
We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. … The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”
We can only add: amen. The full interview is definitely worth a read. Find it here.
(hat tip: Towleroad)