Pope Francis: Church can’t ‘interfere’ with gays

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This interview with the new Pope gives me hope that once again the Catholic Church can mature and move forward in this new age of spirituality.

Plus, he digs on feminism. You go Pope. You go.

CNN Belief Blog

By Eric Marrapodi and Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

(CNN) — Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to “interfere spiritually” in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

Moreover, if the church fails to find a “new balance” between its spiritual and political missions, the pope warned, its moral foundation will “fall like a house of cards.”

The interview, released by Jesuit magazines in several different languages and 16 countries on Thursday, offers perhaps the most expansive and in-depth view of Francis’ vision for the Roman Catholic Church.

The pope’s comments don’t break…

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