Armstrong welcomes Pope apology comments

Kellie Armstrong MLA has welcomed news the Pope has said the Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for the way it has treated them.

The Strangford MLA was speaking after Pope Francis said the Church had “no right” to judge the LGBT community, but it should rather show them respect. He added the Church should also “seek forgiveness” for marginalising other people, including women, the poor and children forced into labour.

“It is important the words of Pope Francis are heard by people across the world, particularly for those who practice the Catholic faith. It is vital for society as a whole to show respect to all sections of our community, no matter their background or belief,” she said.

“The Pope is an international symbol of peace – not only a religious figure but a universal symbol of unity. There remains a challenge for the Catholic Church in dealing with many aspects of our evolving world, as well as addressing the legacy of abuse.

“However, today’s comments go a long way to helping deal those divisions.”

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