Pope Francis, in an extraordinary dialogue about the most polarizing issues confronting his faith, declared his comfort with gay men serving as priests Monday, inspiring hope in gay parishioners who have long felt uneasy in the Roman Catholic Church and triggering another worldwide ripple in the new pope’s surprising young papacy.
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?” Francis told reporters, referring to gay priests during an 80-minute press conference on his airplane, according to a transcript. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point beautifully. . . . It says, these persons must never be marginalized and they must be integrated into society.