Pope: Who am I to judge gay people?

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope: Who am I to judge gay people? by: – July 29, 2013 96 Views   no discussions Share Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Brazil, he reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.He was responding to questions about whether there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican.“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?”He also said he wanted a greater role for women in the Church, but insisted they could not be priests.The Pope arrived back in Rome on Monday after a week-long tour of Brazil – his first trip abroad as pontiff – which climaxed with a huge gathering on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach for a world Catholic youth festival.Festival organisers estimated it attracted more than three million people. His remarks on gay people are being seen as much less judgemental than his predecessor’s position on the issue. Pope Benedict XVI signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. But Pope Francis said gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” Pope Francis said in a wide-ranging 80-minute long interview with Vatican journalists.“It says they should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society.”But he condemned what he described as lobbying by gay people.“The problem is not having this orientation,” he said. “We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.”On the role of women in the Church, he said: “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more.“But with regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says no… That door is closed.”Answering questions about the troubled Vatican bank, he said the institution must become “honest and transparent” and that he would listen to advice on whether it could be reformed or should be shut down altogether.“I don’t know what will become of the bank. Some say it is better that is a bank, others that it should be a charitable fund and others say close it,” he said.‘Undisciplined’Before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis gave a highly unusual one-to-one interview to a Brazilian TV programme. The interview was shown on TV Globo’s high-profile Sunday night documentary programme Fantastico, broadcast not long after the Pope departed for Rome. The Pope was asked about the moment on his visit when his driver took a wrong turn and his vehicle was surrounded by crowds. “I don’t feel afraid,” he answered. “I know that no-one dies before their time. “I don’t want to see these people who have such a great heart from behind a glass box. The two security teams [from the Vatican and Brazil] worked very well. But I know that I am undisciplined in that respect.” Asked about the recent protests by young people on the streets of Brazil, the Pope said: “The young person is essentially a non-conformist, and this is very beautiful. “It is necessary to listen to young people, give them places to express themselves and to be careful that they aren’t manipulated.” Asked about his simple lifestyle and use of a small car, he said it wasn’t a good example when a priest had the latest model of a car or a top brand. “At this moment I believe God is asking us for more simplicity,” he added. BBC News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Kieron Laurent. Photo credit: FacebookPolice Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that the body of Twenty-three year old Kieron Laurent, a resident of the United States has been recovered by the Coast Guard. 88 Views   4 comments Tweet Share LocalNews UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine by: – July 18, 2011 Mr. Laurent who was on the island in celebration of the Allan family reunion of La Plaine, went out on a boat with some other young men when a huge wave reportedly struck them at a beach in La Plaine.Family members describe Kieron as an intelligent young man who was loved by all.Dominica Vibes News extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kieron Laurent. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Allen has what it takes

first_img Last to go among a 31-strong field, 19-year-old Allen had it all to do after Belgian Constant van Paesschen clocked 59.92 seconds in the one-round class on Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck. And Allen did not disappoint, as he claimed the £4,700 winner’s purse on with Wild Thing L, jumping clear in 58.16 seconds. Allen, who finished seventh individually at the World Equestrian Games earlier this year and was runner-up in the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, is among the sport’s hottest properties. “It definitely wasn’t effortless,” Allen said. “Constant had set a really fast time, so we had to give a lot to beat him.” Germany’s Daniel Deusser won the opening international class on Friday after staving off Swiss rider Martin Fuchs and a strong British challenge. Deusser clocked a winning time of 32.71 seconds on Soory de l’Hallali to land The Levy Restaurants Snowman Stakes, with Fuchs 1.2 seconds behind aboard Uzo van het Hobos Z. British star and former world number one Ben Maher was third on Wings Sublieme, with home riders also filling the next four places – Tim Gredley (Unex Arantos), William Whitaker (Glenavadra Brilliant), Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) and Robert Whitaker (Zantos II). The new-style competition saw riders placed into seven groups, and the best of each group went through to a jump-off. “It’s a different sort of class because you can go clear and still not get through to the jump-off, but it’s fun to do something different,” Deusser said. Irish showjumping sensation Bertram Allen lit up the London International Horse Show at Olympia by claiming a thrilling victory in the Christmas Speed Stakes.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tennis dominates ESSA 2016 ‘suspicious betting activity’ report

first_img Wimbledon faces postponement as AELTC reviews its summer schedule March 26, 2020 Issuing an industry note, international sports integrity body ESSA has revealed that a total of 131 cases of suspicious betting activity was recorded during 2016.Detailing its report, ESSA governance specified that 41 cases had been recorded during Q4 2016. Tennis dominated 2016 with 103 cases being reported to the Tennis Integrity Unit, followed by football with 16 cases reported to the relevant governing body.From a geographical perspective, Europe posted the highest number of alerts in 2016, with 71 cases relating to sporting events taking place in that continent. Tennis made up the majority of those cases with 45 of the 71 alerts.Tennis also accounted for 24 of the 25 alerts across all sporting events in Asia. For football, the cases predominantly occurred in European-based matches with 15 of the 16 alerts recorded there.ESSA Chairman, Mike O’Kane, commented on the 2016 figures “The figures show that the dangers from the misuse of insider information and match-fixing persist for betting operators. As the sector’s representative body on betting integrity issues, ESSA continues to meet with key stakeholders to discuss practical and proportionate actions. We hold positions on a number of major betting policy working groups and match-fixing programmes to do just that.”“As with previous years, we expect 2017 to entail challenges to the commercial activities of our sector. ESSA will continue to be an ardent and vocal supporter of responsible regulated operators and utilise our alert system to protect our growing list of members, consumers and sports from betting-related corruption. We intend to progress a number of constructive actions in this area during 2017 and in particular work closer with sports governing bodies and rights holders on more collaborative relationships.”The full ESSA breakdown can be viewed by clicking this link Share Submit GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal June 17, 2020 Share ATP Tennis makes virtual sports debut with IMG ARENA March 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more