Catholic community reacts to Pope's comments regarding gay priests
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AVE MARIA, Fla.- Pope Francis flew back to Rome this week after he spent time in Brazil celebrating World Youth Day, an international Catholic event, that drew in millions. On the plane, he took questions from the media. He stated he won't judge gays and lesbians including gay priests.
"Basically his comment was if a person is gay and accepts the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge them? That's what he said," said Father John Ludden, a Pastor at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples.
The Catholic Diocese of Venice sent Fox 4 the following statement regarding Pope Francis's remarks: "The Catholic Church is open to all people, homosexual or heterosexual, and has always taught that it is not our role to judge. At the same time, the Church also believes sexual activity belongs within the context of marriage of a man and women. Pope Francis's remarks reiterate Church teaching that people with same-sex attraction are welcome in the Church, but that homosexual activity is not morally permissible. As such, he advocated what is important is an understanding of a "theology of sin."