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Sex Outside Marriage Is Not A Major Sin -Pope Francis

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‘Fleshly sins are not the most important,’ the 84-year-old pontiff remarked at a press conference on Monday aboard the papal jet.

His Holiness went on to say that pride and hatred are “the most serious.”

In response to a question concerning Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, who resigned last week after an ‘ambiguous’ relationship with a woman, Francis remarked.

Despite the fact that Aupetit, 70, denied the relationship was sexual — Catholic priests swear celibacy vows – he resigned to protect the Church from being harmed by rumours.

‘He had unclear behaviour with a person he was extremely close to,’ a diocesan spokeswoman said at the time, adding that it was ‘not a loving relationship’ or sexual.

‘A guy will not be able to manage if talk grows, grows, increases and destroys his reputation… ‘It’s an injustice,’ Francis opined.

‘This is why, on the altar of hypocrisy, I accepted Aupetit’s resignation, not on the altar of truth, but on the altar of hypocrisy,’ the pope stated on his way home from a trip to Greece.

‘What did Aupetit do that was so serious that he had to resign?’ I wonder. We can’t condemn if we don’t know what’s being accused of,’ the pope continued, pushing media to look into the allegations.

‘Public opinion, gossip,’ he said, had condemned Aupetit. What did he do, though? We’re clueless.’

The pope, on the other hand, alluded to a violation of the sixth commandment, which prohibits adultery, adding it was “not total, but small caresses and massages he offered to his secretary.”

‘It’s a sin.’ But it isn’t the most serious since fleshly sins aren’t the worst,’ he explained.

‘Aupetit is a sinner,’ he added. As I am, and as Peter, the bishop who began Christ’s Church, was.’

When the pope accepted his offer last week, Aupetit stated that he wanted to “rescue the diocese from the divide that inevitably creates distrust and loss of confidence.”

In response to a second question, the Pope cautioned against ‘interpretation’ of a damning investigation into child sexual abuse by French Catholic clergy, adding that a ‘historical situation’ must be considered in context.

In October, a major investigation led by an independent committee found widespread sexual abuse of kids by priests in France from the 1950s through 2020.

‘We must be cautious to the interpretation we make of this kind of study,’ the pontiff remarked.

‘Abuse was barbarism 100 years ago, 70 years ago. However, the way it was experienced back then was not the same as it is now,’ he explained.

‘In the instance of church abuse, for example, the approach was to cover it up – an attitude that, unfortunately, still prevails in a great number of families today.’

He went on to say that the ‘historical circumstance’ had to be evaluated according to the standards of the day.

The pope, who expressed his “sad” after the report’s release, said he had not read it and would discuss it with French bishops when they visit him later this month.

When Francis was elected Pope in 2013, one of the major problems he faced was dealing with the flood of news regarding clerical sexual abuse.

The leader of a victims’ organization in France, Francois Devaux, expressed his disbelief at the Pope’s ‘distressing’ lack of interest in the French investigation.

‘This will demonstrate to everyone that the pope is at the root of the problem,’ Devaux said, describing his remarks as “ignorance, folly, and denial.”

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