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Pope's take on Gay Priest, "Who am I to judge?"

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(AP) - Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation. In a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference the pope says, ``If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? ''Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.

Francis has been much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came today during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

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