Pope Francis has advised parents to support their children if they are gay and to 'not hide in an attitude of condemnation'.
He stated this in reference to difficulties that parents can face in raising offsprings during his weekly audience with the public on Wednesday at the Vatican.
The 85-year-old pontiff called on families not to condemn their children for whatever reason, including over their sexual orientation.
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Last year, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a document saying that Catholic priests cannot bless same-sex unions, a ruling that greatly disappointed gay Catholics.
In some countries such as the United States and Germany, parishes, and ministers had begun blessing same-sex unions in lieu of marriage, and there have been calls for bishops to de facto institutionalize these.
Conservatives in the 1.3 billion-member Church have said the pope — who has sent notes of appreciation to priests and nuns who minister to gay Catholics — is giving mixed signals on homosexuality, confusing some of the faithful.
Last month, a Vatican department apologized for “causing pain to the entire LGBTQ community” by removing from its website a link to resource material from a Catholic gay rights advocacy group in preparation for a Vatican meeting in 2023 on the Church’s future direction.
The Church teaches that gays should be treated with respect and that, while same-sex acts are sinful, same-sex tendencies are not