According to the Associated Press, below is what Pope Francis said when asked about gay priests during his transatlantic flight home following a week-long trip to Brazil…
“Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation….
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked.
Below is a longer version (and slightly different translation) of the Pope’s quote via NCR:
“When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers.”