Pope Francis says he is no one to judge priests for being 'gay'

Washington, July 30 (ANI): One of the taboo topics for the Vatican, 'homosexuality' was dealt with much compassion by Pope Francis who said that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation.

According to The New York Times, considered as 'an intrinsic moral evil' by the previous Pope and some of the predecessors even refrained from using the word 'gay', Francis used the very word and said that if someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will then who is he to judge.

Pope Francis made the remarks aboard the papal airplane on the way back from his first foreign trip to Brazil and Vatican experts said that the remarks were revolutionary, and likely to generate significant discussion in local dioceses, where bishops are divided over whether to accept priests who are gay but celibate.

A Vatican expert, Paolo Rodari said that it is not a great opening in terms of contents, but the fact that he talked about it that way is a great novelty.

Rodari further said that a pope saying that if someone has this tendency, the important thing is to live in the light of God is enormous.

On 'gay lobbying' Pope Francis said that so much is written about it but he is yet to find on a Vatican identity card the word 'gay' and added that a distinction needs to be made between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good, the report added. (ANI)