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

  1. Dr Asoka Ekanayaka says:

    The crux of the matter is why the so called spiritual descendent of Peter when asked, failed to reply unequivocally that practicing homosexuality is a sin that calls for repentence. How come that a man with the so called “very logical mind” leaves so much room for speculation and misinterpretation ? Paul was explicit in 1 Cor.5: 9-10 that practicing homosexuality is a sin that can keep you from entering the kingdom of God. Paul spoke plainly and the world executed him. Popes speak in ambiguous riddles and become the darlings of the secular world and its media !

  2. Josh Ashman says:

    @Sandy,the Pope here did not in any way uphold the erroneous practice of gays but only made a very powerful statement, as quoted by the press. Jesus in his teachings warn us not to judge. Why did u think that Jesus did not condemn the “adulterous” woman in the Gospel of Matthew outrightly? Of course the Pharisees who brought her knew the answer to the question for which they sought to trap him with. This is the scenerio at hand. So be wise and don’t judge what ever is already bad or unacceptable. Salem!

  3. sandy says:

    When people of god like a pope start to change the likings of the bible you should be very wary. Always go by the old bible teachings because the new teachings are changed. Never trust completely a mortal man even a pope with what they are saying. Check your bible.

    1. chuck says:

      Oh so if we are sticking with the old ways of the bible then I guess we have some women who need be stoned to death.

    2. Steve says:

      Sandy — where in the Bible does Jesus say anything about gay people being sinners? And what about this to marinate on: he surrounded himself with 12 other… men. Let’s put that in a contemporary context: if a man today surrounds himself with 12 other guys all the time and they are all following him around wherever he goes and he doesn’t have a girlfriend — what are YOU (yes, search deep inside that heart of yours) going to say about this ‘man’?

      I admire Pope Francis because he is a LOGICAL leader and not a FANATICAL one. Do you follow the Bible just because that was your upbringing? I’m so sorry you have such a limited view of the world. I really do feel sorry for you.

      I guess I am blessed. Because I have had the privilege of living in other parts of the world and experiencing different cultures. Can you imagine — entire nations who don’t even know who ‘Jesus’ is? Yet they’ve lived on this earth for as long as we have.

      Pope Francis has travelled the world more than you, me, or the next person has. His knowledge and understanding are beyond yours or mine. I would let him speak and educate us on things that are beyond our own comprehension — yes mine included — at least I am able to acknowledge the fact.

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