Elton John: Jesus Would Allow Gay Priests to Get Married

2:03 AM PST 06/30/2014 by Georg Szalai
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Elton John

Saying some of the Catholic Church's rules are "old and stupid," the singer also lauds Pope Francis as "wonderful."‎

LONDON — Elton John in a British TV interview on Sunday argued that some of the Catholic Church's rules are "old and stupid," including those requiring clergy to be celibate and preventing gay priests from getting married.

In an interview with Sky News, John discussed the idea that gay priests could marry, saying: "If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen."

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The Daily Telegraph also quoted him as saying in the interview: "He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together. And that is what the church should be about."

‎The paper also cited John praising the "wonderful" Pope Francis, saying he has "stripped [the Church] down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love and … inclusiveness."

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The music star said that he plans to marry his civil partner, David Furnish, next year in a "very quiet" ceremony, according to the Telegraph.‎

‎John explained that they could only get married next year since they were already in a civil partnership.‎

‎"The government kind of messed that one up," John said. 

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