Through a groundbreaking paper called On Love in the Family or Amoris Laetitia in Latin, Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to be more accepting of homosexuals, divorced Catholics, and other people living in what the church tags as “irregular situations”, CNN reports.
Despite several debatable statements in the Catholic doctrine, the Pontiff didn’t change any official doctrines and his views on marriage, homosexuality, birth control as well as abortion in the paper.
He wrote: “A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws… as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth.”
According to Pope Francis, “unjust discrimination” against homosexuals is unacceptable.
“Every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration,” Pope Francis wrote in his statement.
Although he didn’t explicitly say that divorced Catholics should be allowed to take Communion, he advised priests to use their own discretion when dealing with this matter.
“The divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church. It can no longer simply be said that all those living in any ‘irregular situation’ are living in a state of mortal sin.”
Still, Pope Francis emphasized in the doctrine that marriage between a man and a woman remains superior to other forms of union in the Catholic ideal.