Pope Francis has been quoted as saying homosexuality in the clergy “is something that worries me.”

In excerpts from an interview to be published soon in a book, he was also quoted as saying “in our societies it even seems homosexuality is fashionable.”

Pope Francis arrives for an audience for members of the dioceses of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives for an audience for members of the dioceses of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian daily Corriere della Sera’s website Saturday ran book excerpts.

Pope Francis caresses a baby during an audience for members of the diocesis of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis caresses a baby during an audience for members of the diocesis of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Separately, the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Francis in the book as labeling as an “error” the argument that having gays in convents “isn’t so grave.” Francis says “there’s no place for that kind of affection” among clergy.

Pope Francis walks during an audience for members of the diocesis of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis walks during an audience for members of the diocesis of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

In the interview, Francis says homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to become priests or join other religious orders, even while living in service to the church, the Christian community and the “people of God.”

Pope Francis delivers his message during an audience for members of the dioceses of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis delivers his message during an audience for members of the dioceses of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Catholic teaching considers homosexual activity sinful.

Source: The Associated Press

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