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

  1. John Fletcher says:

    I agree with Cindy

  2. “Most homosexuals do not accept Jesus’ teachings on chastity. …
    Adultery is a sin.”

    In that case, we must also judge heterosexuals and bisexuals. Because most human beings don’t accept Christ’s teachings.

    Jesus said to look at a woman lustfully is to commit adultery, probably because people will make excuses for themselves to judge others, and of course He knew that.

    If we look at the Bible’s definition of marriage, it was between a man and as many women as he liked. Jesus said nothing on the matter.

    He only spoke of marriages as they existed, and the only marriages that existed in Roman Judea was that between men and his property, a woman.

    If we take his words literally to mean marriage can only be between men and women, then we must also admit that the sin of adultery that he speaks of only speaks of men becoming adulterers.

    The prejudice we see is not from Jesus, but those who ask the questions of Him. Later (for this is Matthew 19, not 22) Jesus is asked what the MOST IMPORTANT rules are, and he makes it quite clear that there is no prejudice, no judgement, no distinction between genders, criminality, sinfulness, or any behavior. We are to love EVERYONE.

    In fact, Jesus said that with Man things may be impossible, and they are only possible through God.

    So, how can we even say a marriage under the laws of men is a marriage under the laws of God?

    Christ says very clearly that only through God are all things possible, and that must include the union of two individuals becoming one, which is an impossible thing.

    Only God can know what is in the hearts of the couple being marriage. Only GOD knows if a marriage is the union of two becoming one. And GOD has the power, and only God, to a union of one could become two again, split apart for reasons only God can know, although hopefully the split couple.

    The simple fact is that we cannot judge. The Pope cannot judge, and certainly the rest of us cannot. Only God can judge. Only God can know if a homosexual has accepted God, and only God has the power to bring two men or two women into a single union, just as he has the impossible power to join a man and a woman into the union of a single soul.

    The laws of man can do nothing, ZERO, to enable or prohibit the powers of God.

    Jesus was unclear on marriage, only answering questions from men. However he was very clear on who can judge others, and my name wasn’t on the list, and neither was yours, Joshua Bowman. There was only one name with the power to judge, and Jesus didn’t even put His own name on that list. Perhaps you should re-read the teachings of Christ before you continue to claim who is and who isn’t following them.

  3. truth says:

    i think you, mr./mrs. author, have made the grave mistake here. you are assuming that homosexuals do not accept the lord.

    your closed off mind is also deleting the last line that says “they’re our brothers”. oh and i guess you did not see the line that says “they should not be marginalized”.

  4. MSF says:

    Fortunately, humans, unlike most other creatures, pass on language as the storehouse of past lessons learned. “Matrimony” comes from “mater” meaning mother and motherhood. The responsibility of protecting and honoring natural motherhood as a means of raising the next generation is perhaps one of the deepest human values shared across cultures, religion, historical time and geography.

    “Gay” comes from the 1100’s or 1200’s in England and by the 1600’s was used to refer to someone addicted to pleasures and dissipations. People would refer to heterosexual males as “gay“ if they led a loose and immoral life. This is an extension of one of the earlier meanings of gay as “carefree” or “uninhibited.”

    So, “gay marriage” means raising children in a loose and immoral life. As a long time advocate for the rights and safety of children, that strikes me as a bigger risk than the gain of a few dollars or preferences in the pockets of a small fraction of a small fraction of American society.

  5. nathin weitzel says:

    is there a short version

  6. Cindy says:

    We as humans like to create God in our own image. We like Him to think as we think and reason it out in our own minds. We were all born with a sin nature and must confess our sin and repent of it, not justify it by using the excuse ‘I was born that way’. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Jesus did not die for us to continue in our sin, but to be freed from the power of it…to be born again is walking in the power of the resurrection, not in the power of the sin nature. Ye are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin to unrighteousness or slaves of righteousness. Choose to be slaves of righteousness and resist the devil and he will flee from you. Jesus’ message is about repentance, not tolerance. When He healed, He said “go and sin no more, lest something worse befall you”. For salvation’s sake we really need to get a grasp on this so we will not be deceived into believing that God is ok with sin.

    1. Bill Collignon says:

      Agreed.

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