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

  1. Rich says:

    Is it ok for a Catholic Christian to attend a gay marriage?

  2. Marie says:

    very well written article above, Thanks SO much for clarifying what Pope Francis really said and what the main stream media often tries to do, wanting to push their agenda and change it to what THEY want, The Catholic Church loves everyone, sinners and all. The homosexuals want the Church to accept their perverse behavior( when they are acting on it) and force it on the rest of Society and if you dont agree with them, then you are called homophobic or judgemental or whatever they want to throw at you for not siding with them,, The Church is not perfect, Sure in the past the Church has done things that I beleive the new to be Saint Johb Pope the second apologized for the ills of the Church in the past. , But the Church from the beginning had to deal with Judas, There are always going to be people trying to attack the one true Church that Our Lord set up, That is a given, Catholics should expect it, Its just when weak Catholics are mislead and dont know their faith and are not strong enough to defend it, is when statements like people claiming Pope Francis said He is for Homosexuality or approves it in anyway happens, Love the sinner, hate the sin, Thats what we are called to do, The whole city of sodom and gomorah was wiped out because the men there were trying to get to the Male angels, that God sent to see how corrupt the city was and if it could be saved or not, The Man even offered his own daughter to the Men to spare the angels, harm, but the men still wanted the Men angels, The whole city was wiped out and destroyed, That should give any one a clue what God thinks of People ACTING on homosexuality, Again to the writer of the article, Thankyou so much for speaking out in these brazen times we live in, The next thing we know they will be pushing for legalization of marriage to ten year old girls or boys, Where does the perversity end,? Abortion, Same sex marriage, Euthanasia, The list goes on and on,, The city of Rome destroyed itself because it was so corrupt,, Many years ago,, I forgot what Pope it was, but He fell into a trance and when he awoke He said Satan has entered the doors of the Catholic Church, BUT Our Lord said the Gates of Hell will not prevail against his Church, and it wont, Plus we have our Great Blessed Virgin Mary who crushed the head of the serpent from the beginning! I thank God everyday for allowing me to be baptized into the Catholic Church, Amen, Anyone who is homosexual, The Church does not say you are not welcome or not loved etc, Its only when homosexuality is acted upon, just like the writer said, couples cant have relations outside of Marriage. A man or woman cant go with another Man or woman if they are married, ( adultery) God gave us guidelines, The ten commandments, They were not suggestions, They were his commands that his people are to obey. IF you want to show God you love him, you obey his commandments, IF you are homosexual and are acting on it ,or have the tendancy to, then know you are in the Catholic Churchs prayers and you can get counseling and ask God to help you to get yourself out of sin, Turn to the Virgin Mary, She has never let anyone down who came to her and asked for her help, Especially help in getting someone out of sin, We are all her children and like any Mother wants to see all her children in Heaven,,that is the same way with our Virgin Mother Mary, That is not going to be a possibility if someone stubbornly insists on his own way and sinning and not obeying Gods laws, Gods laws are clear on homosexuality, among other sins of the flesh, AveMaria Thanks again for having written this wonderful article clarifying what our Dear Pope Francis said and MEANT

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