The Pope Francisco charges against the laws criminalize homosexualitycalling them “unfair”. “Being homosexual is not a crime,” says the pontiff in an interview with the Associated Press, where he also speaks of homosexuality as a “sin.”
“Being homosexual is not a crime. It is not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Well, first let’s distinguish sin from crime. But the lack of charity with the neighbor is also a sin“, he argues. In addition, he considers homosexual acts “intrinsically disordered”.
Of course, he asks the bishops to go through a “conversion process” to welcome LGTBIQ people into the Church, making the following request: “Tenderness, please, tendernessas God has it with each one of us”.
Currently, around 67 countries around the world sanction same-sex relationships, with 11 of them going so far as to apply the death penalty, according to The Human Dignity Trust.
“We are all children of God and God loves us as we are and with the strength that we each fight for our dignity”, defends Francisco, who extolled “the dignity of every human person and against any form of violence”.