I will not Judge Gay Priests - Pope Francis

In a news conference that lasted over an hour on the papal plane returning to Rome from Brazil, his holiness, Pope Francis responded to a lot of questions from reporters on a wide range of issues amongst them the issue of Gay priests, Women priesthood and the Vatican bank.<br />
In a tone that seek to reconcile the church that is divided on the hot-button issue of Gay Priests, Pope Francis said that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” He said <br />
The Pope who was returning from a papal visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, spoke openly about everything from the troubled Vatican Bank to the greater role that he believed women should have in the Catholic Church while still maintaining the churches stance on female priesthood.<br />
The pope's comments is a departure from his predecessors stand. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in February, stated that men with homosexual tendencies should not become priests in a vertican document he wrote.<br />
The nature of Pope Francis' news conference is also different from Pope Benedict's. who responded only to a handful of preselected questions from reporters during his papal trips.