Pope Francis said yesterday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated. He said gays and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited - deserve an apology. Speaking to reporters after he flew back to Rome from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say sorry for the way it has treated the gay community.
“We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness,” he said. "The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?” the pope added, repeating his famous “Who am I to judge?”
He continued: "We must accompany them. I think the church must not only apologize ... to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons and for having failed to accompany families who faced divorces or experienced other problems."
His comments come just two weeks after the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub in which 49 people were killed. The Pope condemned the attack as a “homicidal folly and senseless hatred”.