Pope says homosexuality is not a crime

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality as “unjust.”

“Being gay is not a crime,” Francis said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Francis acknowledged that in some parts of the world, Catholic bishops support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against LGBTQ people, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such attitudes to cultural origins, saying that bishops in particular must undergo a process of change to recognize the dignity of everyone.

“These bishops must have a process of conversion,” he said, adding that they must apply “tenderness, please, as God has done for each of us.”

Francis’ remarks, hailed as a landmark by gay rights advocates, are the first by a pope on such laws. But they are also in line with his holistic approach to LGBTQ people and his belief that the Catholic Church should welcome everyone and not discriminate.

About 67 countries or jurisdictions around the world criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or carry the death penalty, according to The Human Dignity Trust, which is working to end such laws. Experts say that even where laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigma and violence against LGBTQ people.

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