The Catholic Church’s leader, Pope Francis, has stated that sex outside of marriage is not the “most serious” sin.
"Sins of the flesh are not the most serious," the Pope said during a question-and-answer session with reporters on a flight back to Italy from Greece on Monday.
Instead, he declared pride and hatred to be the “most serious” sins.
The Pope was also asked about Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit’s resignation, which he offered earlier this month after a French magazine claimed he had had an intimate relationship with a woman.
Archbishops and higher-ranking members of the Catholic Church have traditionally practiced clerical celibacy, which means they abstain from sexual activity.
"I poorly handled the situation with a person who was in contact with me many times," the Archbishop said, denying the affair.
"It was a failing on his part, a failing against the sixth commandment, but not a total one," the Pope said after accepting the Archbishop's resignation.
"You shall not commit adultery," according to the sixth commandment, which applies to people who have sex outside of their marriages, but the Pope suggested it could also apply to priests who do not remain celibate.
During the flight, the Pope stated that the Archbishop was removed due to “gossip.”
“We’re all sinners. When the gossip grows and grows and removes someone’s good name, he cannot govern,” he said.
“This is an injustice. That’s why I accepted the resignation of Aupetit: not on the altar of truth but on the altar of hypocrisy.”
During his visit to Greece, Pope Francis urged young people not to be seduced by today’s consumerist “sirens.”
He explained: “Today’s sirens want to charm you with seductive and insistent messages that focus on easy gains, the false needs of consumerism, the cult of physical wellness, of entertainment at all costs,” he said. “All these are like fireworks: they flare up for a moment, but then turn to smoke in the air.”
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