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Pope Francis Says He Won't Judge Gay Priests

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pope Francis told reporters on Monday that he would not judge or marginalize gay people who have aspirations of becoming priests.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked reporters.

The pope's comment is a break from what his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, has said on the issue of gays in the priesthood.  Benedict signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.

Francis' remarks came in a wide ranging interview aboard a flight back from Brazil in his first foreign trip as pontiff.  Francis also said in the interview that having Benedict at the Vatican is like having a wise grandfather at home, who he turns to for advice.

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