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Watch: Pope Francis Says Homosexuality Is ‘A Sin’ But Not ‘A Crime’

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Pope Francis, whose tenure has been marked by a kinder and gentler approach than his predecessor, reiterated Catholic church doctrine that homosexuality is a “sin” but not a “crime,” urged local bishops to welcome LGBTQ people into the church, and called for an end to anti-LGBTQ laws and discrimination. “Being homosexual is not a crime.

It’s not a crime,” the Pope told The Associated Press in an interview released Wednesday morning (video below). “Yes, it’s a sin.

Well, yes, but let’s make the distinction first between sin and crime.” The Pope urged anti-LGBTQ bishops to change so they recognize everyone’s “dignity,” the AP reported.

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