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LGBT Activist: Pope’s Comments About Gay Priests ‘Remarkable’

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Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his departure after concluding a week-long trip to Brazil, at the air base in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013. The head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hammered home his plea for young believers attending World Youth Day (WYD) to 'go and make disciples of all nations' as he concluded his trip to Brazil aimed at reigniting Roman Catholic passion. (Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his departure after concluding a week-long trip to Brazil, at the air base in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013. The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hammered home his plea for young believers attending World Youth Day (WYD) to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ as he concluded his trip to Brazil aimed at reigniting Roman Catholic passion. (Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

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By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pope Francis’ remarks to reporters about gays and lesbians on his return trip to Rome from Rio de Janeiro are being noticed by those in the LGBT community.

Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, says he was surprised by the Pope’s remarks. Martin says Pope Francis’ comments saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation were remarkable.

READ: Pope Francis: ‘Who am I to judge’ gay clergy?

“I really hope that this leads to a larger conversation within the church, within its confines, in its pews and outside, that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people need to be treated with equality, and deserve dignity and equality. To be honest, and that’s what I hope it means.”

Martin says overwhelmingly, American and Pennsylvania Catholics have been way ahead of the church leadership on this issue.

“Many people in the pews, if not the majority in the pews will say, ‘Holy Father, welcome, it’s about time.’ I think that’s generally going to be their response.”

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