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.


Categories:Breaking News Culture Marriage Media Pope Francis

  • John Christopher sunol

    Gayness in the church is wicked

  • hwankum

    I think it’s very appropriate that Francis made the “tendency” distinction in his explanation, because we all have tendencies for sin. This is the sin nature that the Catholic church teaches we are born with; the original sin.

    Those who have a tendency to one fault or another are not married to it. In my years before the Lord, I had the tendency to many sins. Since it has been 37 years since I rededicated myself to Him, would I say I have the same tendencies?

    If I do, I can’t relate to them; because it has been so many years since I participated in those sins. Did I get tempted along the way in these past almost 4 decades? I do experience temptation, like everyone else; but not in the areas of sin I knew 37 years ago. I abhorred that life and don’t feel tempted to look back at all.

    The tendency to some kind of sin will always be with us, but I have experienced the putting away of what God asked of me; enabled Him to remove them away from me and make me new in Him.

  • NDaniels

    Page 117, of the pope’s book, On Heaven and Earth, in regards to same-sex unions
    “If there is a union of a PRIVATE NATURE, THERE IS NEITHER A THIRD PARTY NOR IS SOCIETY AFFECTED. Now, if this union is given the category of marriage and they are given adoption rights, there could be children affected. Every person needs a male father and female mother that can help them shape their identity. – Jorge Mario Bergoglio
    Approval of same-sex sexual unions is approval of same-sex sexual acts.

  • John Dough

    Christianity isn’t the only religion in the US. People need to remember this. Frankly the pope’s visit meant nothing to my religion.
    When did straight people practice chastity?
    When have they not been adulterous?
    But “who is he to judge”? Sounds like you did Francis.

  • charmainejay

    I wonder if he will actually use the BIBLE at any stage of his visit probably not because it applies to all including himself. After all thats the authority on ever matter.



Receive our updates via email.