In the documentary, “The Pope Answers,” Pope Francis described sex as “one of the beautiful things that God has given to the human person.” The Disney+ documentary focuses on an interview that Pope Francis had with 10 young people in Rome last year. The pontiff was asked about various topics including sex, abortion, LGBT rights etc. While praising sex, the Pope warned against masturbation as it lessens the “richness” of sex. In the discussion concerning LGBT people, the Pope stated that they must be embraced by the Catholic Church as “all persons are the children of God.” While talking about abortion, the pope condemned it but pointed out that women who opted for abortion should be treated mercifully by priests.
U.S. News reports:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has praised the virtues of sex in a documentary released on Wednesday, describing it as “one of the beautiful things that God has given to the human person.”
The 86-year-old pontiff made the comment in the Disney+ production “The Pope Answers”, which captures a meeting he had last year in Rome with 10 people in their early 20s.
Francis was quizzed by them on a variety of topics, including LGBT rights, abortion, the porn industry, sex, and faith and sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
“Sex is one of the beautiful things that God has given to the human person,” he said in the documentary.
“To express yourself sexually is a richness. So anything that detracts from real sexual expression lessens you and depletes this richness,” he said, referring to masturbation.
Francis was also asked whether he knew what a “non-binary person” is, and he replied affirmatively. He repeated that LGBT people must be welcomed by the Catholic Church.
“All persons are the children of God, all persons. God does not reject anybody, God is a father. And I have no right to expel anyone from the Church,” he said.
On abortion, Francis said priests should be “merciful” towards women who have terminated a pregnancy, but said the practice remains unacceptable.
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