Pope Francis. (Photo/Dazhi/Reuters)
Recently, Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, President of the Anglican Church, and Iain Greenshields, host of the Presbyterian Assembly of Scotland, recently visited South Sudan. After the visit, the three condemned the current “anti-homosexuality laws” in some countries as a crime and an unfair act. Among them, Francis even said bluntly that “gays are also children of God and should the church welcomed them.”
According to the “BBC” report, whether the Pope, the president of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, or even the host of the Assembly of the Church of Scotland, they are in fact the leaders of the three traditional religions, and this joint visit to South Sudan also at 500. This is the first time in years that they have been collected together, so it is particularly impressive. Since there are still 67 countries in the world that consider homosexuality a crime, and South Sudan is also one of them, the church’s attitude towards homosexuality has once again attracted attention.
Pope Francis said clearly that “people who have homosexual tendencies are also children of God, and God will love them and go with them.” Francis also believes that “it is unfair to define their sexual orientation as a crime.” , condemning fellows is a crime “. Pope Francis has also previously stated that although Catholic doctrine cannot recognize same-sex marriage, he has expressed his support for a “civil union” for gays.
Regarding the comments of Pope Francis, the president of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Verbier of Canterbury, also expressed strong support, and also said that he would quote the contents of the Pope’s speech in the upcoming general meeting. Earlier news also pointed out that although the Anglican Church cannot allow same-sex couples to marry in the church, it does allow same-sex civil marriage blessings.
Green Shields, the host of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, also said that when reading the four Gospels, he only saw Jesus expressing love to anyone, but he did not see him rejecting anyone. He also emphasized that “this is the only positive answer we, as Christians, can give to anyone”.