Breaking away from the Vatican’s long-standing anti-gay stance, Pope Francis told reporters that he won’t judge gay priests for their sexual orientation.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
The topic came up on a flight back to Italy from Brazil when a group of journalists asked him about allegations of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican’s ranks.