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Pope Francis says Church should ask for forgiveness from the LGBT community

Pope Francis talks with reporters about the LGBT community and the Church.
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The Pope says, instead of apologizing to homosexuals, he would like to ask them for thier forgiveness reports The Times of India

On his way back to Rome from Armenia, the pontiff conducted an impromptu interview with journalists aboard his plane on Sunday. 

Reporters were treated to an hour-long discussion in which he was asked to comment about a German Roman Catholic statement in regards to the Church apologizing to gays and lesbians, and if that apology is now more imperative than ever because of  the Pulse massacre.

"I think that the Church not only should apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons,” he added.

He said that homosexuals, “should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally."

The report also claims that the Pope clarified his “Who am I to judge” statement he made in 2013.

"The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?"

To clarify the word “condition,” Father Federico Lombardi said "condition" in Italian it also means “situation," and that is the context of which the Pope was using it, not to refer to a medical ailment. 

"We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gays) but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize! Forgiveness! Lord, it is a word we forget so often!" he said.

The article goes on to say that conservative Catholics have criticized him for being too lenient toward the gay community.  

"There are traditions in some countries, some cultures, that have a different mentality about this question (homosexuals),” he said, "some (gay) demonstrations that are too offensive for some."

He explained that the Church does not think that homosexuals as people are sinful, it is their sexual acts that are critsized, but even that is not grounds for discrimination or marginalization.

He also clarified rumors about Pope Benedict, who some claim has been influencing the Vatican since his resignation in 2013.

"There is only one pope," he said, and added that Benedict has been “protecting me, having my back, with his prayers."