Pope Francis has said that sex outside of marriage is not the most serious sin.
According to Independent UK, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State since 2013 said this during a press conference aboard his flight back to Italy from Greece on Monday when he was asked about the resignation of the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, who a French magazine claimed had engaged in an intimate relationship with a woman.
In response, the Pope said, “It was a failing on his part, a failing against the sixth commandment, but not a total one. There is sin there but not the worst kind….Sins of the flesh are not the most serious.”
Rather, he said that pride and hatred were “the most serious” of sins.
Pope Francis whose birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born on 17th December 1936. He is the first Pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas.