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"Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by darlington15(m): 6:20am On Jun 27, 2016
Aboard the Papal Plane (CNN)Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians owe apologies to gays and others who have been offended or exploited by the church, remarks that some Catholics hailed as a breakthrough in the church's tone toward homosexuality.

"I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally," Francis said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.
"The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times -- when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners!"
As he often does during unscripted moments -- particularly papal news conferences -- the Pope spoke expansively, saying the church should seek forgiveness for a number of historical slights committed in its name.

Groundbreaking Moment

"I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," he added, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons."
The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine, called the Pope's apology to gays and lesbians "a groundbreaking moment."
"While St. John Paul II apologized to several groups in 2000 -- the Jewish people, indigenous peoples, immigrants and women, among them -- no pope has ever come close to apologizing to the LGBT community. And the Pope is correct of course. First, because forgiveness is an essential part of the Christian life. And second, because no group feels more marginalized in the church today than LGBT people."

The Pope's comments came in response to a question about a German Cardinal who said the Catholic Church should apologize for being "very negative" about gays. The Pope was also asked whether Christians bear some blame for hatred toward the LGBT community, as horrifically demonstrated in the Orlando massacre at a gay night club that killed 49 people on June 12.

Repeating the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church about respecting and not discriminating against gays, Pope Francis said that one could condemn certain behavior.
"One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior...Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no?
"But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well."
'Immense Blessing'
Francis first uttered that rhetorical question -- Who am I to judge gay people? -- in 2013, also during a news conference on the papal plane. His comments were hailed as a breakthrough for a church that has historically condemned homosexuality, often in harsh terms. Francis has not changed church doctrine that calls homosexual acts sinful, but he has shown a more merciful approach to people on the margins, including gays and lesbians.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group, called the Pope's remarks "an immense blessing of healing."
"No pope has said more welcoming words to LGBT people than when Pope Francis today offered his recommendation that the Church -- indeed all Christians -- should apologize for the harm religious traditions have caused to LGBT people. The pope's statement was simple, yet powerful, and it fell from his lips so easily."

As is often the case, the Pope's press conference encompassed a number of controversial questions. Here are the Pope's answers about Brexit, former Pope Benedict XVI and why he used the word "genocide" to describe the murder of more than 1 million Armenians in the early 20th century.


http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/26/world/pope-apologize-gays/index.html?sr=fbCNN062716pope-apologize-gays0410AMVODtopLink&linkId=25940324

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by misreal(m): 6:24am On Jun 27, 2016
lol...mr pope if i should apologize to homosexuals,then i think i should also apologize to isis and bokoharam.because a sin is a sin..

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by youngaz(m): 6:24am On Jun 27, 2016
Saw diz on CNN yesterday and i was lyk WTF!.........so iz Pope Francis indirectly saying homosexuality is not a sin or we shuld just embrace dem 4 who dey are??.....well lyk me i ave 8 of mah friends dat are gays bt i dnt hate dem nor do i really associate wit dem

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by 1envoy(m): 6:34am On Jun 27, 2016
We owe them no apology pope,be also reminded that acts wiped away a whole nation

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by NOETHNICITY(m): 6:41am On Jun 27, 2016
Maybe God, Abraham and Lot also need to apologise to the pple of the generation of sodom!

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Oche211(m): 6:48am On Jun 27, 2016
What's d pope saying self?
Just imagine dis. So of all the problem of the world, na LGBT christians must apologise to. Make dis dude rest abeg.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by thorpido(m): 6:57am On Jun 27, 2016
Pope Pope.The man dey popo no be small.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by absoluteSuccess: 7:12am On Jun 27, 2016
When the Pope speaks for gay.

The gay speaks for the Pope too.

Then we have "Pope-gay relationship."

Then Catholic gays speaks out.

The "gayspel" of Pope is preached

And gayspel become a doctrine.

Let the fireworks begin.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by orisa37: 7:12am On Jun 27, 2016
A Yoruba Proverb says, "You can't blame me for massaging my Testicles". They also say, "You eat unconventional food in your home privately". In these two obvious Truths, we learn about Rights and Discipline. Let's blend them and move on. The Pope is just offering himself a guinea pig for life.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Luckylife(m): 7:20am On Jun 27, 2016
I never heard it was a Christian that killed 49 gays in Orlando ! So how come Christians should apologise to gays and lesbians?

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by elampiro(m): 7:27am On Jun 27, 2016
Why?

Pope Francis, I don't support this at all.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by obailala(m): 8:45am On Jun 27, 2016
misreal:
lol...mr pope if i should apologize to homosexuals,then i think i should also apologize to isis and bokoharam.because a sin is a sin..
youngaz:
Saw diz on CNN yesterday and i was lyk WTF!.........so iz Pope Francis indirectly saying homosexuality is not a sin or we shuld just embrace dem 4 who dey are??.....well lyk me i ave 8 of mah friends dat are gays bt i dnt hate dem nor do i really associate wit dem

Just to clarify, the pope did not say it is not a sin, he has only said the church would be wrong to discriminate / condemn them; that should be left for God himself.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by twosquare: 8:53am On Jun 27, 2016
False prophet. Telling someone to apologize for their faith in Jesus is like telling a Muslim to apologize for Isis blowing up Orlando.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by ValentineMary(m): 9:34am On Jun 27, 2016
After reading comments on this thread, I realised how ignorant many Nigerian christians are. Upon all ur holy holy Nigeria is rated the most unsafe place for kids to live as a result of sexual abuse. With such mentality displayed by xtians, the world can't make progress if they are the majority. The dark age is a fine example.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by NOETHNICITY(m): 10:31am On Jun 27, 2016
obailala:


Just to clarify, the pope did not say it is not a sin, he has only said the church would be wrong to discriminate / condemn them; that should be left for God himself.
And here again the pope wrong, with due respect to him. Religion must take a position as it concerns sin like it did during the time of Sodom! The Pope is simply trying tooo hard to patronise the west!

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by NOETHNICITY(m): 10:39am On Jun 27, 2016
twosquare:
False prophet. Telling someone to apologize for their faith in Jesus is like telling a Muslim to apologize for Isis blowing up Orlando.
what a backward irrational analogy. Muslims world wide ve already denounced the orlando attack. The pope has already made the position of the church known to the world! Afterall we already ve gay priest everywhere.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by veekid(m): 1:58pm On Jun 27, 2016
Mr pope; why now
Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Akshow: 1:58pm On Jun 27, 2016
misreal:
lol...mr pope if i should apologize to homosexuals,then i think i should also apologize to isis and bokoharam.because a sin is a sin..
How can you compare terrorist to people's sexual orientation? That's sick bro. And to think you got some likes.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Nobody: 1:58pm On Jun 27, 2016
I know some people will not read the full story before jumping into conclusion....... What the pope was saying is entirely different....he only meant "if yhu offend a qay....apologise!....coz we are all sinners".....simple!........all dhiz useless bloggers ehn.






bloggers and misleading headlines

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Akshow: 1:59pm On Jun 27, 2016
grin

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Okijajuju1(m): 1:59pm On Jun 27, 2016
No need for apology..



Live your life and let them live their lives.


If you have preached to them, thats all the Bible requires you to do.

If Jesus did not chase away the Prostitute that was about to be stoned by the Pharisees, then who are we to judge homosexuals? Is their sin bigger than others or are they going to a different hell from Murderers and Thieves?


Life is too short jor..

His Holiness the Pope has spoken..

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by sanfranka2(m): 2:00pm On Jun 27, 2016
shocked WHAT!!!!
Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by grandstar(m): 2:00pm On Jun 27, 2016
The Bible condemns homosexuality(1 Roman's 1:26,27) The Bible also condemns homophobia. (Matthew 7:12)

The Catholic Church is watering down God's view about homosexuality in order to conform to the world(Romans 12:2)

The Bible is clear that "fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts will not inherit the kingdom of God "(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Yes we should not be misled, even by the Pope.

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Adesiji77: 2:00pm On Jun 27, 2016
lipsrsealed
Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Akshow: 2:00pm On Jun 27, 2016
NOETHNICITY:
And here again the pope wrong, with due respect to him. Religion must take a position as it concerns sin like it did during the time of Sodom! The Pope is simply trying tooo hard to patronise the west!
I hope u follow all the old testaments to the latter and not cherry pick

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by BiafraBushBoy(m): 2:01pm On Jun 27, 2016
Apologize to me joor...

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Nobody: 2:01pm On Jun 27, 2016
Adufuro jati jati

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Prinxxdave(m): 2:02pm On Jun 27, 2016
Baba apologize for wetin.....better hold your own ooooo
Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by fkpboss: 2:02pm On Jun 27, 2016
"who am I to judge gay people? " That's the only sensible thing I was able to isolate. The rest na nonsense
Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by Akshow: 2:02pm On Jun 27, 2016
grandstar:
The Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible also condom s homophobia.
it also condemns adultery, encourage misogynistic tendencies, condemn eating pork, condones slavery etc

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by richidinho(m): 2:02pm On Jun 27, 2016
obailala:


Just to clarify, the pope did not say it is not a sin, he has only said the church would be wrong to discriminate / condemn them; that should be left for God himself.

thank you for being the only one that understands what the pope said

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Re: "Christians Should Apologise To Gays" - Pope Francis by photoshoot(m): 2:03pm On Jun 27, 2016
undecided and who are you.?

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