Pope Francis has said that homosexuality within the clergy is a “critical topic” that “concerns” him.
The feedback had been made in an interview about non secular vocations, given to a Spanish missionary priest as part of an upcoming ebook.
The pontiff defined homosexuality as “trendy”, and prompt clergy to watch their vow of celibacy.
Italian daily Corriere della Sera ran excerpts of the interviews on its site on Saturday.
Pope Francis stated that the Church had to be “demanding” in opting for applicants for the priesthood.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The interviews were carried out in mid-August
In 2013, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, however homosexual orientation was once now not.
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“If an individual is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said.
“The Strength of Vocation”, through Father Fernando Prado, is based on four hours of interviews with the pontiff at the demanding situations of being a member of the clergy. it is going to be printed next week.