Ever since he took on the responsibilities of the papacy, Pope Francis has sought to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming. And as early as 2013, this has involved attempts to smooth over judgments that some of his predecessors have made with regards to LGBTQ+ individuals.
For example, the BBC reported that Pope Benedict XVI signed a document declaring that men with "deep-rooted homosexual tendencies" should not be priests. By contrast, Pope Francis' stated position was, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?"
And while addressing an advocacy group at the Vatican, the pontiff reaffirmed this position as it pertains to LGBTQ+ children.