Pope Francis said “God is Father and he does not disown any of his children,” telling an inquiring American Jesuit priest it is the most important thing for LGBTQ people to know about God.
The pope made his statements in what the Rev. James Martin, SJ, called “a mini-interview” that he initiated May 5.
Father Martin, whose ministry to gay Catholics has sparked controversy, had asked Francis whether the pontiff would answer “a few of the most common questions” those Catholics and their families ask him.
In his written response, Francis said “‘the style’ of God is ‘closeness, mercy and tenderness.’”
The pope also said gay Catholics should view rejection from others in the faith “not as ‘the rejection of the church,’ but instead [the rejection] of ‘people in the church.’” (Read more from “God ‘Does Not Disown’ LGBTQ People, Pope Francis Says” HERE)
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