Pope Francis makes false claim that ‘sins of the flesh’ aren’t that ‘serious’

Lust is not the worst of the seven deadly sins, according to Pope Francis. According to the NY Post, There are worse indiscretions than sex outside of marriage, the leader of the Catholic Church told reporters on the papal plane while en route from Greece to Italy on Monday.

“Sins of the flesh are not the most serious,” the 84-year-old religious leader said regarding sex outside of marriage. Top transgressions instead include pride and hatred, according to Reuters. Francis’ rankings of the worst wrongdoings followed the resignation of a Paris archbishop, who quit over a relationship with a woman earlier this month.

However, the 70-year-old French cleric, Michel Aupetit, denied being intimate with the anonymous female, behavior that would break his promise of celibacy, according to Reuters.

The NZ Herald stated that Francis’ rankings of the worst wrongdoings followed the resignation of a Paris archbishop, who quit over a relationship with a woman earlier this month.

However, the 70-year-old French cleric, Michel Aupetit, denied being intimate with the anonymous female, behavior that would break his promise of celibacy, according to Reuters.

“It was a failing against the sixth commandment (You shall not commit adultery) but not a total one, one of the small caresses, massage is given to his secretary — that is what the accusation is,” Francis clarified about Aupetit’s actions. “There is a sin there but not the worst kind.” Despite this, the Pope accepted Aupetit’s resignation – not because of the sin itself – but because the rumors were too damaging.