Being gay is not a sin, but sex outside marriage is, says Pope Francis – The Irish Times

Pope Francis has clarified remarks he made on homosexuality and sin in an interview last week where he called for its decriminalization worldwide. On Tuesday he begins a six-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples or same-sex marriage in the Democratic Republic of … Read more

Pope clarifies comments on homosexuality, says sexual act ‘outside of marriage’ is a sin – National

Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely referring to official Catholic moral teaching that teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. And in a note Friday, Francis recalled that even that black-and-white teaching is subject to circumstances that might eliminate the sin altogether. … Read more

Pope Francis says homosexuality “is not a crime,” but gay sex is “a sin”

Rome — Pope Francis has called laws criminalizing homosexuality as fundamentally “unfair,” making it clear that in the mind of the leader of the Catholic Church, “being homosexual is not a crime.” The pontiff addressed discrimination against the LGBTQ community, his own health and future plans, and the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, among … Read more

Benedict XVI’s funeral will be historic: How the Vatican will bury the first pope emeritus

When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was retiring on February 11, 2013 — the first pope to do so in 600 years — he did so in Latin, in the presence of a small group of journalists. – Ad cognitionem certam perveni vires meas ingravescente aetate non iam aptas esse ad munus Petrinum aeque administrandum. … Read more

Vatican dismisses ‘blasphemous’ Trump supporting, anti-abortion leader from priesthood – National

Father Frank Pavone, a leader of the US anti-abortion movement and a strong supporter of the former president Donald Trumphas been dismissed from the Catholic priesthood for “blasphemous” social media posts and disobedience to bishops. The Vatican defrocked Pavone in November, according to a letter sent to US bishops from its ambassador to Washington. The … Read more

Pope Francis accused by Mary McAleese of ‘ludicrous lack of logic’ in comments on women priests – The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been accused of “misogynistic drivel” by the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, following an interview with a United States-based Catholic magazine where he said women are not being deprived by being denied the right to become priests. in an interview with the Jesuit publication America, conducted in the Vatican last month, … Read more