In new interview-book, Pope speaks of mercy, explains ‘Who am I to judge?’
[Originally said in July 2013, finally explained in January 2016: “Better late than never”]
Catholic World News
January 11, 2016
The Name of God is Mercy, a book-lenghth interview with Pope Francis, will be released on January 12.
In the book—a series of conversations with the Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli—the Pontiff explains explains his motivation for calling the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “The Church condemns sin, because it has to tell the truth: this is a sin,” he says. “But at the same time, it embraces the sinner who acknowledges what he is.”
In this connection, Pope Francis explains his famous rhetorical question: “Who am I to judge?” He recalls that he was speaking of homosexuality, and was trying to emphasize the message of the Catechism. In thinking of homosexuals, he said, “the human person comes first, in its entirety and dignity And a person’s sexual tendency is not all which defines them.”