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Pope says parents should ‘stand by’ gay children

By Josh Haggis


The Pope has said that the church must find a way to help parents “stand by” their gay children.

In a new interview, Pope Francis has revealed that when Bishops gathered for a meeting at The Vatican in October, they discussed how they can collectively help parents who find themselves struggling with their child’s sexuality.

“What we did talk about was of how a family with a homosexual child, whether a son or a daughter, goes about educating that child, how the family bears up, how to help that family to deal with that somewhat unusual situation,” he told La Nacio.

He continued: “That is to say, the synod addressed the family and the homosexual persons in relation to their families, because we come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation.”

“We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter,” he added.

His comments follow the rejection of changes to the church’s view on homosexuality, which saw bishops backtrack on a recent pro-gay statement – read more here.

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