St. Louis Archdiocese Reiterates Gays Welcome in Church, "Homosexual Activity Is Forbidden"

click to enlarge St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson. - via
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.

Earlier this morning, we posted our interview with Father Gary Meier, an openly gay St. Louis priest, who had some thoughts to share about Pope Francis's surprising remarks that he wouldn't judge gay priests (saying, "You can't marginalize these people").

Meier says the comments are a "breath of fresh air" and a nice change in tone from the "outright anti-gay, hostile statements" the church usually delivers.

Now, Daily RFT has another relevant local reaction to Pope Francis, this one from the Archdiocese of St. Louis -- which has a slightly different take than Meier.

See also: - Gary Meier, Gay St. Louis Priest, Reacts to Pope Francis' Remarks on Homosexuality - St. Louis Pride: Catholics Promote Inclusion, Alternative to Archdiocese Stance - DOMA Ruling: St. Louis Archdiocese Says God's Marriage Definition Can't Be Changed

The St. Louis Archdiocese -- which slammed the Supreme Court ruling favoring gay marriage last month -- says in its new statement that it supports Pope Francis' remarks and reiterates that "homosexuals are welcome in the church," but "homosexual activity is forbidden."

Here's the full statement sent to Daily RFT this morning.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis supports the remarks by Pope Francis which reiterate church teaching that homosexuals are welcome in the church but homosexual activity is forbidden. The Catholic Church teaches that all people are called to responsibility when it comes to sexuality, whether homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. She believes that all sexual activity belongs within a marriage between a man and a woman.

The Catholic Church does not condemn people for having same-sex attraction. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states quite clearly that homosexual persons "must be accepted with compassion, respect and sensitivity." The Catechism adds that "Every sign of unjust discrimination must be avoided."

While the Catholic Church objects to homosexual activity, she does not object to homosexuals.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, formerly of St. Louis, said today that the pope's comments signaled a shift in tone, but not in teaching: Homosexual acts, he reiterated, are still a sin.

Here's a video from the Archdiocese of St. Louis on the Supreme Court gay marriage decision.

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