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

  1. Fernando says:

    For those of you who don’t believe in the idea of homogenous (same-sex) relationships, shame on you for imposing a judgement to others where you have nothing to even worry about. Has anyone been harmed when same-sex marriage became legal in states such as New York and California? The only harm with the idea of homosexuality and same-sex relationships is YOU. Pope Francis is sending a message of hope and compassion for one another. LGBT people only want EQUALITY, just like how African Americans wanted as such back in the 50s. For those who are close with the bible, don’t you practice the golden rule? In Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” How would YOU feel if other people criticized you for just being YOU? Think of it for a moment. Though your views may not change as much, i hope you guys think this idea through with reason and actually follow through with the Golden Rule. It would be hypocritical to say otherwise.

  2. pat says:

    I am glad, at this point, that I have been a regular visitor of the Lutheran Missouri Synod church, and have made a decision to officially leave the Catholic Church and become a member of this church which believes in Bible teachings that unions of man and woman are what God demands. So completely disheartened, sad, angry and very concerned with what the pope is doing with respect to softening the acceptance of gays as the new “normal”. It seems to me that the pope is in the world and not a man in the word of God.

    1. Matthew says:

      The pope did not say anything or imply anything that has had to do with gay marriage being accepted. In my point of view, the pope is saying everyone has their own sins. Sure, it is coming part of the normal society but the pope is not endorsing it. This post or quote from pope Francis had nothing to do with marriage, it stated that if someone is gay and has God in their heart he has no room to judge. In reality, Pope Francis will not being the one to judge these people in the end.

    2. scott says:

      No pope is against same sex marriage and that there should only a unions between a man and a woman. Although if you are gay and follow the teachings of the bible and want to follow Christ then who is he to judge them and that we should except them as our brothers in Christ.

      1. scott says:

        It should read…No the pope is against same-sex marriage

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