Pope Francis Addresses Controversial LGBT Blessings and Church Unity in Candid Interview
In a published interview on Monday, Pope Francis discussed the backlash from African bishops and others on the continent against his decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples, referring to Africans as a “special case” due to cultural views opposing homosexuality. Despite the resistance, the Pope expressed confidence that critics, excluding Africans, would eventually come to understand the decision outlined in the document titled “Fiducia Supplicans” (Supplicating Trust), issued last month.
The Catholic Church has been embroiled in a heated debate over the document, with African bishops strongly opposing the move. Pope Francis acknowledged this resistance, stating, “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups.” He emphasized the inclusive nature of the declaration, asserting, “A special case are Africans: for them homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it.”
Addressing concerns about potential schisms within the Catholic Church due to his reforms, Pope Francis brushed them aside, stating that such discussions are led by “small groups.” He urged a forward-looking approach, saying, “We must leave them to it and move on… and look forward.”
Regarding the controversial topic of Israel and the Palestinians, the Pope expressed his belief that “true peace” would only be achieved through the implementation of a two-state solution. He lamented the widening conflict between the two parties.
In the interview, Pope Francis confirmed his upcoming meeting with the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, on Feb. 11, and hinted at the possibility of finally visiting his native country, where he has not returned since becoming pope in 2013. He also outlined his agenda for 2024, which includes planned trips to Belgium, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.
Addressing concerns about his health, the 87-year-old pontiff acknowledged some “aches and pains” but reassured that he is currently in good condition, saying, “there are some aches and pains, but it’s better now, I’m fine.”
Pope Francis said in an interview published on Monday that Africans were a “special case” in the opposition of bishops and many other people in the continent to homosexuality.https://t.co/tJN40X5dQI
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