John M. Becker

Did Pope Francis Laugh at Marriage Equality?

Filed By John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic bishops, Catholic Church, gay marriage, marriage equality, Poland, Pope Francis, same-sex marriage, Stanislaw Budzik

pope-francis2.jpgLublin Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik, one of Poland's Catholic bishops who had an audience with Pope Francis last week, says he did:

[Poland's] Bishops informed the pontiff that some media reports characterise the Church in Poland as "backward and immobile" in comparison with Pope Francis's "openness." The Polish bishops explained that they were receiving negative coverage owing to child abuse cases, and opposition to gay marriage.

According to Archbishop Budzik, when gay marriage was raised "the Holy Father laughed and reassured us that he is very close to us and that he, of course, does not want to change anything essential in our faith and that he stands firmly by the Church's teaching."

This is at least the third time in recent months that a Catholic bishop has claimed that Pope Francis made anti-LGBT comments in their presence.

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