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Vegas parishioners discuss pope's comment on gay priests

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 7/31/2013 5:59 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Today the world witnessed a demonstration of humility by the leader of the Catholic Church.

During a flight on the papal airplane from Brazil back to Rome, Pope Francis told reporters that it is not for him to judge when referring to gay priests.

It's a topic the Catholic Church has shied away from in the past.

News 3's Sergio Avila spent today talking to Catholics about how they feel the Pope's approach will impact the church.

Like you said the church has been very quiet when it comes to homosexuality.

We tried getting a comment from the diocese of Las Vegas but no one was available.

Those we did talk to say they feel Pope Francis is helping unite Catholics around the world.

Pope Francis' comments came after a long press conference aboard the papal airplane as he was departing Brazil.

"If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who I am to judge that person?" he said in Italian.

The leader of the Catholic Church saying he would not judge a priest for being homosexual.

It's a move parishioners like Loretta Powell were ready to hear.

“I think it’s going to be a good thing because I feel that he’s going to bring all the people together, it’s about love,” Powell said.

The Catholic Church still sees homosexuality as a sin. Something people like Juan Lopez Ochoa still believes, but he took the Pope's comment as teaching acceptance.

“We have to accept them because they’re human beings, they are here. Do we help them? Yes, we can accept them and try to help them,” Ochoa said.

For Gustavo Rico it's a topic the church has stayed quiet on for far too long. He sees Pope Francis' move as one that will guide the Catholic Church in to the modern world.

“The Catholic church has lost a lot because of those priests and the situation that has happened. This Pope has come to renovate, and make priests aware they should live a very honest life and live as an example for other Catholics,’ Rico said.

Changes Powell believes have caused a lot of people to lose faith in the church but feels pope Francis' leadership will help bring people back to the faith.

“I think there was a lot of people that did leave the church because of the change, the modern world, there’s a lot of changes in the modern world and we’re all here, we’re all human beings,” Powell said.
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