Pope Francis Just Called for the Decriminalization of Homosexuality Worldwide

Posted on AllSides January 27th, 2023
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In comments Catholic LGBTQ advocates described as “historic,” Pope Francis called for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality—making him the first pope to ever take such a stance.

“Being homosexual is not a crime,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press, which was published on Wednesday. “It’s not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime. It’s also a sin to lack charity with one another.”

“And being homosexual is not a crime,” he said again. “It’s a human condition.”


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