“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NIV)
This past week several news organizations reported that Pope Francis said Christians should apologize to gay people. CNN reported that the Pope said:
“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.”
It was also reported that the Pope said:
“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 am not a Catholic, but I agree with Pope Francis about this issue. I’ve always thought that if Christians would show more love, many issues would be less of an issue.
Plus, as Pope Francis said a few years ago, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Amen to that.