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    Pontiff uses in-flight press conference to take questions on role of women in the Catholic Church, sex scandals and gay clergy

    Pope Francis has used a remarkably candid interview to declare that gay people should not be “marginalised” and that it was not for him to judge a person who was homosexual.

    In a significant shift of stance, the Pope struck a much more conciliatory tone than traditional Vatican doctrine, which has called homosexuality “a deviation” and “an irregularity” that should preclude gay men from becoming priests.

    “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the Pope said during an interview with reporters on Monday. “We shouldn’t marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

    The Pope spoke to Vatican correspondents aboard the papal plane as he returned from Rio to Rome, a day after celebrating Mass in front of an estimated three million Catholics on Copacabana beach.



    The comments did not fundamentally change the policy of the Catholic Church, which holds that while homosexual orientation is not sinful, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered”.

    But they signalled that Francis accepts that some priests are gay, and that it is acceptable as long as they adhere to their vow of celibacy, marking a more compassionate, inclusive stance on the issue.


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    HE WON'T JUDGE PRIESTS FOR THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

    HE BENDS TO HIS BODYGUARDS ON PAPAL SECURITY: "I'd like to walk in the streets. But I know it's impossible."

    NO IMMINENT TRIP TO HIS NATIVE ARGENTINA SINCE HE HAS JUST RETURNED FROM BRAZIL: "A Latin American pope, his first trip to Latin America? Arrivederci."

    CHURCH SHOULD BUILD BIGGER ROLE FOR WOMEN – THOUGH NOT AS PRIESTS: "We must go farther in the explicitness of the role and charisma of women living in the church."

    THAT MYSTERIOUS BLACK BAG HE CARRIED ONTO THE PLANE HELD ONLY HIS RAZOR AND BOOKS: "The key to the atom bomb is not inside it!"

    HE'S TIRED AND HE HURT HIS SCIATIC NERVE USING A BAD CHAIR IN HIS FIRST MONTH AS POPE: "It was so painful. So painful! I wouldn't wish it in anyone."

    HE LIKES HIS ADVISERS TO CHALLENGE HIM: "I like it when someone tells me 'I don't agree.' This is a true collaborator. When they say 'Oh, how great, how great, how great,' that's not useful."

    HE LOVES RETIRED POPE BENEDICT XVI LIKE A GRANDFATHER:"The last time there were two or three popes, they didn't talk among themselves and they fought over who was the true pope!" Having Benedict living in the Vatican "is like having a grandfather – a wise grandfather – living at home."


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