Pope Francis walks on board a plane at an air force base in Rio de Janeiro on July 29, 2013.
Pope Francis has replied during a press conference to a question concerning sexual orientation of priests by saying Å“who am I to judge.”
The popeâ„¢s remarks came on Monday on board a plane returning from a week-long visit to Brazil.
“We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society,” said Francis.
He continued by saying homosexual clergymen must be forgiven and their sins should be forgotten.
The Pope also insisted that Å“the door is closed” for women to become priests, although, they should have a greater role within the church.
Francisâ„¢ comments differ remarkably from the previous popes, including his predecessor Benedict, who signed a document in 2005 that said men who had homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
The Roman Catholic Church has been hit by numerous scandals in the United States and Europe over the past few years, involving allegations of covering up sexual abuse of children by priests to protect pedophiles and the Churchâ„¢s own reputation.
Republished from: Press TV