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Excerpts from the Pope's Remarks

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Excerpts from the Pope's Remarks

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Excerpts from an interview with Pope Francis published in English by America magazine, a Jesuit weekly based in New York.

Excerpts from the full interview published in English by America magazine, a Jesuit weekly based in New York.

Q. Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

A.I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.

Q. Why did you become a Jesuit, a member of the Society of Jesus?

A.Three things in particular struck me about the society: the missionary spirit, community and discipline. And this is strange, because I am a really, really undisciplined person. But their discipline, the way they manage their time -- these things struck me so much.

Q. What should the church say to divorced and remarried people, and homosexuals?

In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are "socially wounded" because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro, I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: "Tell me: When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?" We must always consider the person.

Q. What kind of church do you dream of?

We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. …

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