On Sunday, Pope Francis stated that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should be apologizing to gays for the way they had been treated by the church.
The Pope believes that gays, along with all the other people the church has cornered, must be apologized to. The marginalized include the poor and the exploited.
While he was on his way home from Armenia on Sunday, the Pope was asked whether he was on the same grounds with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
Cardinal Marx spoke about the church’s treatment toward gays at a conference in Dublin. The conference took place days after the horrific Orlando gay club attack. During the conference Cardinal Marx said that the church owes an apology to gays for having them cornered, says Newsweek.
As Pope Francis was getting back to Rome from Armenia, he spoke to reporters aboard. He said that the Church should ask for forgiveness because of the way it has treated women. He also mentioned that the church didn’t protest against child labor, and it is also known for “blessing so many weapons” in the past.
According to him, Church teachings say that gays must be respected and accompanied pastorally. He also said that gays should not be discriminated against.
“I think that the Church not only should apologize…to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work,” he said.
“It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons.”
It is known around the world that the Church preaches that gay tendencies are not sinful; gay acts, according to them, are. The Church also taught that that gays should refrain from sexual intercourse.
CBS News reports that Pope Francis stated a slightly altered version of the well-known “Who am I to judge?” comment. He made similar comments about gays on the first foreign trip after his election in 2013.