Windsor priest sides with Pope: homophobia 'has to end'
Rev. William Riegal says 'we're not called upon to judge anyone'
A Windsor pastor says he agrees with the recently expressed views of Pope Francis.
Francis maintains the view that homosexual acts are a sin, but the Pope also says he won't judge people for their sexual orientation.
His statements resounded through cities around the world, including Windsor.
Father William Riegal, a pastor at the Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, says he agrees with Pope Francis.
"We're not called upon to judge anyone," Riegal said. "My vocation in ministry is to walk with the people; accept them where they're at and walk with them."
Riegal said homophobia, whether it be in the church or wider society, "has to end."
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI signed a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
But in statements following a week-long tour of Brazil — his first trip abroad as Pope — Francis said gay clergymen should be forgiven.