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Pope Francis: Christians should apologize to gay people and ask for forgiveness

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The gay community has long been marginalized by the Catholic community, German Roman Catholic Cardinal Reinhard Marx said last week, calling on the church to apologize.

On Sunday, Pope Francis obliged, extending his apologies to all disenfranchised groups for the harm and offense the church may have caused.

“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. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons,” Francis told reporters on a flight back to Rome from Armenia Sunday.

“We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gays), but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize! Forgiveness! Lord, it is a word we forget so often!” he said.





Francis has been notably more accepting of homosexuality in his role as the pontiff than past leaders of the Catholic Church. In 2013 he famously stated, “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?” which was even a departure from his own claims prior to becoming the pope (in 2010, Francis opposed gay marriage and adoption).

But on Sunday, Francis repeated his comments from 2013, extending them past himself to say, “Who are we to judge?”

“The questions is: If a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?” Francis said. According to Reuters, Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi clarified that “condition” in Italian translates to “situation,” and does not imply a medical “condition.”


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  1. To add some points to the piece of information: first, Ethiopia has a well known political culture of playing dramas in international arenas to delude and divert the attention of its own public and the international community. Thus, the underage prisons of war it made public may not be a factual reality as Eritrea in legal and practical terms conscripts only 18 and above age as soldiers.
    Secondly, AU could not stand in front of Ethiopia’s non-complaince and violating its treaty obligation and continues to occupy the sovereign Eritrean territories as a free rider in the jungle. In contrast, the AU rewarded its violation of international law just two days before by backing it to become non-permanrnt member of the Security Council for 2017-2018 term.

    In fact, instead of advocating and pressuring for compliance, the AU and IGAD has been instrumental in pushing the actual plaintiff (Eritrea) into the defendant position by bringing side issues to the fore front by politicization. And, this trend of politicization remains to be a living curse of peacerul settlement of disputes and sastainable coexistance.

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