Lisa McClain does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Pope Francis has spoken openly about homosexuality. However, the pope has also discouraged homosexual men from entering the priesthood.
The Catholic Church prohibits sexual activity between members of the same sex. This teaching has developed through a number of ecumenical councils and the influence of theologians, including the Church Fathers. Historically, the Catholic Church has resisted the acceptance of homosexuality within Christian society and has on occasions punished those who have transgressed.
ROME — Pope Francis and his push for openness — toward migrants, Muslims and gay people — may no longer have influence on a global stage where nationalists, populists and the far right dominate the political conversation. In a ceremony at St. The appointments are a landmark for Francis, who now reaches a tipping point of influence to shape the future church in his image.
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We have no reliable figures on just how many priests in the Catholic Church are gay. The Vatican has conducted many studies on its own clergy but never on this subject. The consensus in my own research over the past few months converged on around 30 to 40 percent among parish priests and considerably more than that — as many as 60 percent or higher — among religious orders like the Franciscans or the Jesuits.
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Pope Francis appears more popular than ever. He has charted his own course in style, words and philosophy and enjoys favorability among 90 percent of Catholics, 74 percent white mainline Protestants, 68 percent of unaffiliated and 60 percent of white Evangelicals. Francis' tenure as pope has also been notable by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ community for his adoption of a more conciliatory tone toward LGBTQ people than that of his predecessors.
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