BY SARAH BECKLEY
Pope Francis believes the church should not interfere in the spiritual lives of gays and lesbians.
In an interview released by America Magazine on Sept. 19, Pope Francis said although the Church maintains its own view of homosexuality, it should not intervene in the lives of gays and lesbians. He said the Church’s obsession with the subject is overshadowing the main purpose of the church: to be “a home for all.”
Francis said the Church needs to focus on serving others instead of dwelling on the enforcement of doctrines. In the end, God’s love rises above these moral doctrines. He said people want the clergy to act as pastors and not as government officials. He believes when the church is small minded, its mission diminishes.
“We have to find a new balance,” Francis said, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
Sophomore Loren Mastroberti thinks the Francis’ comments will encourage others.
“This should inspire people,” Mastroberti said. “Everyone should be able to do whatever they want. Everyone should be open to their own decisions. People probably turned themselves away from the church before because they didn’t feel welcomed.”
Sophomore Jedediah Stewart believes the Francis’ comments can also upset church members.
“I think older generations that grew up with the tradition of man and woman are going to be upset by this, but I think a younger generation or people more willing for change are going to accept this and help the church move forward.”
When asked about gays and lesbians in the past, Francis said. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” He said one should look at other people for who they are and not just their sexual orientation.
“Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person,” Francis said. “Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.”
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