“Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an exclusive interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.I don't think that being homosexual, in the usual sense of a homosexual orientation, is a crime anywhere in the world. I believe the Pope's position is that it is not a sin either. Only the acts are sins.
In the U.S., more than a dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, despite a 2003 Supreme Court ruling declaring them unconstitutional. Gay rights advocates say the antiquated laws are used to justify harassment, and point to new legislation, such as the “Don’t say gay” law in Florida, which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, as evidence of continued efforts to marginalize LGBTQ people.I guess that is the biggest gay rights gripe in the USA -- in one state they cannot groom kindergarteners as part of the state-endorsed curriculum.
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Request an ExorcismUpdate: Nancy Pelosi got a Catholic exorcism for her house, after a break-in. The service is available to others.
The Rite of Exorcism is a sacramental of the Catholic Church whereby “the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1673). It is “directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to His Church (ibid.).”