Pope Francis says Jesus would welcome gays and transgenders

| Monday, October 3, 2016 - 23:41
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He says, Christ would always help anyone find God, including homosexuals | Photo: IANS

Rome: Jesus Christ would always help anyone find God, including homosexuals and people who have had gender reassignment surgery or who are considering it, Pope Francis has said.

"When a person who has this situation comes before Jesus, Jesus will surely not say: 'Go away because you're homosexual," Francis stated aboard a flight back to Rome on Sunday from a weekend visit to Azerbaijan and Georgia.'

"People must be accompanied, as Jesus accompanied," he told journalists on the flight, said Vatican Radio.

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"Life is life and you must take things as they come. We must be attentive, not saying all are the same," he continued.

"Every case: Welcome it, accompany it, study it, discerning and integrating. This is what Jesus would do today," said the pope.

Francis said that as a priest, bishop "and even as Pope", he has accompanied gay people in trying to help them get closer to God.

"I have accompanied people with homosexual tendencies and also with homosexual practices," said the pontiff.

"I have accompanied them, helped them get closer to the Lord; some could not, but I accompanied them and never abandoned anyone."

Francis was answering a question from a journalist about his frequent criticism of gender theory - broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify as male, female, both or neither.

In remarks to Catholics in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia on Saturday, Francis said gender theory was part of a global war on traditional marriage and the family.

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Against the word of God

Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."1 Leviticus 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God." Romans 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

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