Pope Francis claims extramarital sex sins aren’t that ‘serious’. According to Pope Francis, lust is not the greatest of the seven deadly sins.
In an interview with reporters, the head of the Catholic Church said that there are worse sins than having sex outside of marriage. Regarding sex outside of marriage, the 84-year-old holy leader remarked “sins of the flesh are not the most serious.” The top transgressions are pride and hate, according to Reuters.
Francis’ rankings of the worst wrongdoings followed the resignation of a Paris archbishop, who quit over a relationship with a woman earlier this month.
According to Reuters, the 70-year-old French clergyman, Michel Aupetit, denied having sexual relations with the unnamed female, which would have violated his chastity oath.
“It was a failure against the sixth commandment (You shall not commit adultery) but not a whole one, one of tiny caresses massage given to his secretary — that is what the accusation is,” Francis stated regarding Aupetit’s actions. “There’s a sin there, but it’s not the worst type of sin,” he added.
Regardless, the Pope accepted Aupetit’s resignation – not because of the sin, but because of the disturbing rumors. “He was condemned but by whom? By public opinion, by gossip … He could no longer govern,” Francis said.
“I accepted Aupetit’s resignation on the altar of hypocrisy, not the altar of truth,” he added.
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