September 19th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Pope: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

The interview, released by Jesuit magazines in several different languages and 16 countries on Thursday, offers perhaps the most expansive and in-depth view of Francis' vision for the Roman Catholic Church.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis • Religion • Vatican
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  1. Hope

    The Son of God... Educate yourself. That scripture was refering to Religious leaders.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munire digneris me

      The Son of God never said a word about gay people, ha ha. You need the education! :grin:

      September 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Love the person. It is not for the mortal sinning pope or people to judge, it is the "gods" job.

    September 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    See the SUN . :D .

    September 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munire digneris me

      I have. Chapter and verse, please! You can't! He never said anything about gays! Ha ha you're WRONG! :mrgreen:

      September 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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