Pope says Christians should apologize to LGBT people
Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians should apologize to gays and lesbians, remarks that quickly have been hailed as historic.
By Delia Gallagher and Daniel Burke, CNN

At a press conference this week, Pope Francis said that Christians should apologize to those who have been wronged by the church – including LGBT people. No pope has ever included this distinction. 

“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally,” Francis said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.

“The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times – when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners!” […]

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended,” he added, “but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

Pope Francis has been hailed as our most socially progressive pope ever. But at the same time, he hasn’t done anything to change the Catechism’s stance on homosexuality, which is that LGBT people are mentally ill, and he has a whole list of other wrongs against LGBT people to his name. This is a nice sentiment, but unfortunately, it’s not backed up by his actions. Bummer. 

According to another variation, the wolf-like beast will hunt down and kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent. This coincides with the French Catholic loup-garou stories, according to which the method for turning into a werewolf is to break Lent seven years in a row. [x]” 

my feelings about actual Catholicism are weird and tangled up in family history and unpleasant school experiences, but catholic-adjacent mythology is fucking hysterical, every time.

When I was younger, I didn’t come out because I thought I had to choose between my faith and my sexuality. I had no models of gay individuals who embraced their faith. People always chose one or the other.

When I came out, God reached out to me to say you can be both.

That is why I’m proud: I reached back. I have incorporated my sexuality into my whole being. It does not define me. I am proud to be gay and Catholic. That is not simply a fact. It is an accomplishment. In spite of my surroundings, I proclaimed that I want to find happiness with a man. In spite of the world, I maintained my faith.

—  Gay, Catholic and Proud | Matt Hawley for the Huffington Post Queer Voices