Pope Francis: ‘People Should Not Be Defined Only By Their Sexual Tendencies’

Carol Kuruvilla | Huffington Post | January 12, 2016

Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica on December 8 to launch his Holy Year of Mercy, declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in his Catholic Church.

Just a few months after his election, Pope Francis uttered a sentence that sent shockwaves through the global Catholic Church.

Who am I to judge?

During a routine press conference onboard the papal airplane in July 2013, a reporter asked for the pope’s thoughts on gay priests working at the Vatican.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis responded.

Those five words — “Who am I to judge?” — subsequently became one of Francis’ most powerful and hotly debated statements.

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