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Pope Francis says parents should support gay children, not condemn them

Pope Francis had a progressive message Wednesday for parents: Support gay children.

Speaking about how parents should always be by their children’s side in difficult times, including illness or accidents, the pope said parents should also accompany “children of different sexual orientations”.

“Never condemn your children,” he said.

The pope shared this message during his address in general audience, during which he said: “God does not promise us that we will never be afraid. But with his help, this will not be the criterion of our decisions. “. Prayer, he said, will bring light and peace, and he gave this advice to parents going through “grief.

While the LGBTQ community has long been marginalized in many religions, including Catholicism, Pope Francis has held more progressive views on same-sex relationships.

In 2020, he approved civil unions for the first time as a pontiff while being interviewed for the documentary “Francesco”.

“Gay people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in the film. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, or make their life miserable for it. What we need to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered. “

He also endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages before becoming pope, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Earlier this month, he also showed his support for Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, a nun who has stood up for LGBTQ people. In a letter first published in a Christian publication, American Magazine, Pope Francis praised Gramick for “50 years of closeness, compassion and tenderness.”

Gramick has faced resistance from the church for starting the New Ways Ministry, which “educates and advocates for justice and equality” for LGBTQ Catholics. But the pope praised her “closeness, compassion and tenderness”.

The letter is one of many he has recently written to Catholics and gay advocates, according to American Magazine.