Locals not aghast over pope's gay comments
BATON ROUGE - Many people supported Pope Francis and his surprising stance on gay priests.
Pope Francis said Monday, "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society." The pontiff said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
"Don't judge people for what they do in their privacy," said Dustin Drews. "As long as they're not harming anybody."
Some people think the comments were a long time coming.
"We are not here to judge, that's God's rules and his responsibility," said Philip Canizaro. "I think it's very positive."
The comments made by Pope Francis don't change church policy, which still strongly disagrees with homosexuality.
"I don't think the church should condone it," said Justin Hobbs.
The pope also discussed women and their roles in the church while talking with reporters on an airplane. He believes they should have a larger role, but the door remains closed on welcoming women into the priesthood.
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