Pope Francis has said that the Church should ask for forgiveness from gays for the way it has treated them. The Pope was talking to reporters in a flight while coming back to Rome from Armenia.
Pope Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologize to gays, according to a Reuters report. In his reply, he said, “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 also said, “The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?” The Vatican later clarified that by “that condition” the Pope did not mean any medical condition and instead meant “a person in that situation” as in Italiant “condition” is also used for “situation”.