London, England, Apr 8, 2009 / 18:42 pm
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking in an interview with a homosexual magazine, has advocated that Pope Benedict XVI “rethink” the Catholic position on homosexual acts.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" but does not comment on homosexuality's origins. The Church also calls on Christians to treat homosexuals with "respect, compassion, and sensitivity," the Catechism of the Catholic Church says.
Blair, who converted to Catholicism in 2007, told the gay-oriented magazine Attitude there was a “generation difference” on the issue.
“Actually, we need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you approach your religious faith,” he said. He argued that there is “fear” among religious leaders that “if you concede ground on an issue like this, because attitudes and thinking evolve over time, where does that end?”