“I believe that the church not only should apologise to the person who is gay whom it has offended, but has to apologise to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.” None other than Pope Francis himself spoke those words this week. The pope, who was on his way from Armenia back to Rome, was asked if he agreed with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said that gays deserve an apology from the church, this in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time a pope has ever apologised to the LGBT community for how the church has treated them.
Pope Francis has a history of being more kindred towards to LGBT community. In 2013, he told reporters “Who am I to judge?” in regards to LGBT people. While still reaffirming his stance that homosexual acts are a sin, same sex orientation is not he says.