VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Roman Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press. Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against LGBTQ people, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds, and said bishops in particular need to undergo a process of change to recognize the dignity of everyone. “These bishops have to have a process of conversion,” he said, adding that they should apply “tenderness, please, as God has for each one of us.” Francis’ comments, which were hailed by gay rights advocates as a milestone, are the first uttered by a pope about such laws. But they are also consistent with his overall approach to LGBTQ people and belief that the Catholic Church should welcome everyone and not discriminate.
Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty, according to the Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws. Experts say that even where the laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigmatization and violence against LGBTQ people.
In the U.S., more than a dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, despite a 2003 Supreme Court ruling declaring them unconstitutional. Gay rights advocates say the antiquated laws are used to justify harassment, and point to new legislation, such as the “Don’t say gay” law in Florida, which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, as evidence of continued efforts to marginalize LGBTQ people.” –Source.
The report stated that 67 countries worldwide criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity or sodomy, in short. And the pope are calling them to immediately repeal this “unjust” law. The pope want to make this homosexual lifestyle acceptable norm to everyone. And since we are in the final days, it’s no surprise it will be repeated in our days according to Luke 17:26-30.
One more thing, prophet Daniel prophesied that one of the nature of Antichrist to be homosexual in Daniel 11:37, “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” In fact, the Vatican priests were identified as 98% homosexual but they were defensive. But, praise be to God, for the truth cannot be hidden and our duty is to expose the “man of sin” so people will be stirred and search for the truth.
The Bible clearly condemned homosexual activity as sin, see Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10. Of course just like any other sins, our loving Saviour has promised to forgive and cleanse your heart if you confess and forsake this abominable sin.
Jesus is coming soon! Are you ready? Are you sure?!