Pope Francis on Gay People: 'Who Am I to Judge'

New pontiff also makes surprising statements about gay believers.
1:54 | 07/29/13

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Transcript for Pope Francis on Gay People: 'Who Am I to Judge'
lives. Breaking news right now. Comes from the papal aircraft. Pope francis making a significant statement showing conciliation to gay priests and gays and lesbians all around the world and got it from the aircraft. This is pope francis, a man who spent his life in service and thought his election was in part because he represented the churches reaching out to the distant franchise that half included women and gays and speaking for an hour and answering for questions in italian with the press corps, relaxed and joking with them, he says "not only will the role of women be more prominent and important, this is also what he had to say about gay priests. If someone is gay and searches for the lord and has good will who am I to judge." This, of course, does fly in the face really of his predecessor pope benedict who had said that men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Again, as you mention, george, another sign of conciliation. Growing sentiment in the church and still opposition to gay marriage but I spoke with cardinal dolan and said what would you say to a gay couple who says they love each other and want to live out that and he said I love you to and god loves you trying to reach out to include everyone. But the pope coming out and making those kinds of statements like that. We had an indication from him early on that he was going to be a different type. Yes. Of leader. And I really feel like again, they realize they had come to something of a crossroads and would have to make a gesture such as these and, again, it's interesting not only did he say it but how it was said, again, in veryelaxed back and forth. It comes up in brazil. Especially the young people. All over him. The weather. A big signal for acceptance

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