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Italian priest calls for gay pope


This news story was published on March 7, 2013.
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GENOA, Italy, March 7 (UPI) — An outspoken LGBT rights advocate and Italian Catholic priest Don Andrea Gallo said the church needs a gay pope.

“A homosexual pope would be a magnificent thing. The essence of the Gospel is that we are all God’s sons and daughters and we are all equal as God’s children,” Gallo said Wednesday.

The Italian news agency ANSA said Gallo is the founder of Genoa’s drug rehab community, has defended the rights of gays and homosexuals and also smoked marijuana in city hall to protest against drug laws.

Gallo said the homosexual priest must be able to express himself and the Church must not repress him, ANSA reported.

“Because repression leads to pedophilia,” Gallo said, adding that as a young priest he was sexually abused.

The comments come on the same day that a survey was released that indicates 75 percent of readers of an Asian Catholic website Ucanews.com believe pedophilia is the Catholic Church’s largest problem, ANSA reported.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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6 Responses to Italian priest calls for gay pope

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    50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    another reason Im glad to be an athiest

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    anon Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    If they did select a gay pope every dead conservative Catholic will turn over in their grave. And a pot smoking one to boot! LOL! Life gets more interesting by the day. So glad I get to witness all this. So entertaining like reality TV.

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    Xylon ll Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Geez…are there any other kind?

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    Watchdog Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Religion by convenience. Strange!

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Actually, I think it’s been a long time since we have not had a gay pope.

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      Archie Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Since Gallo smoked marijuana in city hall to protest against drug laws, that makes him some kind of cult hero of yours doesn’t it?