Did Pope Francis Say Homosexual Behavior Is OK?

Short Answer: No

Pope Francis made some impromptu remarks for reporters while returning from World Youth Day, and now headlines across the mainstream media blare that he made some kind of stunning reversal of Catholic teaching. Earlier in the same interview, he half-jokingly said, “I think like a Jesuit.” True to the stereotype of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis has a very logical mind, so we must pay careful attention to his words. What did Pope Francis actually say (emphasis added)?

When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers.

Pope Francis speaks to reporters aboard his plane while returning to Rome from World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis speaks to reporters aboard his plane while returning to Rome from World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

First of all, the supposedly provocative line begins with the word, “if,” and it’s a BIG IF. Most homosexuals do not accept Jesus’ teachings on chastity. Salvation comes from Jesus. Sin is a rejection of salvation. Adultery is a sin. Sex outside of marriage is adultery. The divine sacrament of marriage requires that one man and one woman vow their mutual love, fidelity, and openness to life publicly and before God. Therefore, homosexual sex is a rejection of Jesus. QED.

Some people with homosexual tendencies choose to accept the salvation of our Lord and maintain a life of chastity. This is the key to what Pope Francis is saying: people with homosexual desires who are able to exhibit this level of self-control should be welcomed as our brothers and given encouragement in their struggle. This is a very beautiful statement. However, it does not say anything about people who give in to carnal desires and live promiscuously—whether gay or straight.

Pope Francis does hint at this though. He says that the tendency to homosexuality is “not the problem,” which is to imply that there is a problem. There may not be an official “gay lobby” in the Holy See, but there is definitely a gay lobby in secular political life and it is viciously opposed to the Catholic Church. People who campaign for same-sex marriage or who objectify the human body do not have goodwill for us. We do not need to judge them because their actions speak for themselves.

It’s unclear whether the ellipsis indicates that Pope Francis spoke about any of this at all. He didn’t need to though. If you take his words at face value, he made a very powerful statement which encapsulates all of Catholic teaching on sexuality and chastity in a very simple and profound observation. He said exactly what he meant to say and nothing more. Liberal advocates of same-sex marriage—especially in the press—make a grave error by misinterpreting his words to imply otherwise.


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207 thoughts on “Did Pope Francis Say Homosexual Behavior Is OK?

  1. Greg says:

    Just because a non – homosexual says that homosexual behavior is a sin, “DOESN’T MEAN A NON-HOMO IS CLAIMING TO BE SINLESS OR BETTER THAN”.
    What gives, why can’t this be understood?? Of course Adultery is a sin and people who do it are risking their souls to condemnation by God. The bottom line is “Confession / Reconciliation”, if you are a Christian you know what a sin is. How dare a homo say that Adultery is a sin but homosexuality is not? The adulterer must come to grips with his sin and reconcile with God if he wants to be welcomed into Gods kingdom.
    God Bless to all, sexual orientation does not make one better or worse, however,
    “willful ignorance is a sin” and if you read the Bible and don’t recognize that homosexuality is a sin, you are being willfully ignorant. May the Lord enlighten you.

  2. Terry says:

    We are all sinners. That is why Jesus died for us and we need reconciliation.
    I wonder why homosexuality (but always marketed as adultery) makes the headlines like no other sin.
    When a sin is not easily hidden it is very easy to point fingers. Didn’t Jesus die for our sinful human nature? Not just the sin of adultery, but ALL of our sins. Isn’t it easy to point out those who are not living “hidden sins” such as ours?
    So. Ones that covet, do not tithe your 10%, that use the Lord’s name in vain under your breath as a habit, the embezzlers, spouse cheaters, impure thought thinkers, savers of retirement money (that should be like the birds that the lord has given everything needed according to the Bible), stealers of office supplies, habitual gossipers…… Guess what? You are as “bad” as a homosexual. Let’s dish up our covert sins in the headlines.
    Headline “70% of Americans Covet the Goods of Others”
    That is Why They Don’t Tithe, They Drive Nice Cars, and Accumulate So Much Debt!”

    When I consider others’ sins-I try not to. I have my own sins and behavior to repent for, change and worry about. Don’t you?

    What is the greatest commandment in the opinion of Jesus?
    Are you loving your neighbor as yourself, or are you judging another’ s sins worse than your own?

    Straight Sinner

  3. J.R. Thomas says:

    St. Paul tells the Christian’s in Corinth not to be deceived and lists unrepentant practitioners of various sins among those who will not be saved even though they profess faith – adulterers and homosexuals are on the same list. And St. John in his first Epistle elaborates, ‘If we say we have fellowship with him, while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth…If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleans us from every wrongdoing.’

  4. Lex says:

    Saying that homosexual people do not accept Jesus and his teachings is completely untrue. How do you know for a fact that every sing homosexual person does not believe in Jesus? The answer is you don’t. In fact I know of many Catholics that believe in Jesus that commit adultery, how are they any better than someone who is homosexual? They aren’t. The matter of the fact is that you are not better than someone because you are not a homosexual, they may even be better than you are, because of the fact that they are actually willing to accept people for who they are. NO longer in this society should we think we are better than someone else because of our sexual orientation. Stop twisting things around to make it fit with what you believe. Fact of the matter is, the next generation is much more accepting than the previous ones, so change will come about, it has already happened, and I don’t see it ending; because that is what we are meant to do as a society, is change and adapt.

    1. Rudy says:

      He is saying that they need to stop and repent and quit following Satan’s path to destruction. Everybody know this is the truth but gays try to skate around it. Nobody is buying the gay “normal” lifestyle.

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