Who Am I to Judge? Pope Francis Explains His Approach to Gay Persons

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Time. He writes:

Pope Francis clarifies his 2013 quote “who am I to judge” gay men and women, saying that the person supersedes his or her sexual orientation:

“If a person is gay and seeks out the Lord and is willing, who am I to judge that person. I was paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it says that these people should be treated with delicacy and not be marginalized.”

He says the Church should protect those in need and be a “field hospital,” where treatment is given above all to those who are most wounded. He particularly focuses on the need to encounter the sufferings of migrants and prisoners….

He is challenging the entire Church to trek a new way forward. Francis wants us to focus our energy on the 99% who need to experience once more the greatest realities of our faith: We are children of God. The Lord loves and forgives us. Christ walks with us. The church cherishes us and welcomes us.

The full article can be read here.