BALTIMORE - Pope Francis spoke out about homosexuality on Thursday, expanding upon comments he made earlier this year. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) called the pope's remarks encouraging.
Jesuit Magazine interviewed Pope Francis. He told the magazine the church has the right to express its opinions, but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians.
"I applaud him for furthering his message of love and acceptance of the human spirit," said GLCCB Executive Director Matt Thorn.
The pope told media in July, "who am I to judge" gay people? He spoke about the comment in the interview released on Thursday, saying it was in line with the Catholic church's book of official doctrine.
The doctrine states that lesbians and gays "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."
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