(CNN / WSYR-TV) - Pope Francis is expanding upon comments he made earlier this year about homosexuality.
In an interview released by Jesuit magazines Thursday, he said the church has the right to express its opinions, but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians.
It comes after the Pope told media in July, "who am I to judge" gay people?
The Pope spoke about this comment in the interview released Thursday.
He said it was in line with the Catholic Church’s book of official doctrine, which says that gays and lesbians "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."
In the interview, the Pope also spoke about women's role in the church and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.Read more at CNN.com.