Jesus would support gay marriage, according to Elton John.

The musical icon, who plans to marry his civil partner David Furnish next year, said rules preventing gay clergy from marrying and requiring celibacy from Catholic priests are "old and stupid things."

"The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up in arms about it but times have changed," John reportedly told Sky News's Murnaghan program. "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."

So ... Jesus was a Christian. I suppose that makes sense.

"He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about," John said.

While he was at it, John also reportedly said he believed the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was "doing a good job" and that Pope Francis was "wonderful".

"He's excited me so much by his humanity," John said, of the pope. "He's taken everything down to the humility of faith. He's stripped it down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love and inclusiveness. That has to be encouraged by the Church of England as well."

Sing it with me ... "All you need is love."

According to U.K. publication The Guardian, John offered to introduce Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the gay community earlier this year to show the impact of Russia's "deeply divisive" anti-gay legislation. He said he plans to meet with Putin in November when he visits Russian.

"It's no good putting up a wall and saying I'm not talking to these people; the only way things get solved is by talking to people."

Right ... that and a solid nuclear stockpile.

John said his marriage ceremony will be "very quiet and very off the cuff" as the couple had a big celebration for their civil union.

Tony Hicks provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.