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

  1. fr says:

    The Pope is not judging the intentions of anyone seeking to serve the Lord
    the Bible is clear about the topic
    society has been clear about the topic for thousands of years
    man can justify murder adultery lies theft abuse but. In time God is the only judge of sin
    who want to be found wanting in the judgement ???
    Sin is so enticing but the end thereof is death
    Obedience is better than sacrifice

  2. Truth says:

    Absolutely Not, since Adam And Eve is the correct way to go.

  3. Truth says:

    Absolutely, Adam and Eve is the normal way to go.

  4. Patrick Monagle says:

    The Bible actually never outright condones or condemns homosexuality. Many anti-gay supporters will cite the story of Sodom as justification for homosexuality being a sin, but many modern scholars interpret the story more as a story of inhospitality than that of God punishing homosexuals. Other anti-gay arguments include Genesis and the over-used “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”, but in Genesis, God created a “suitable partner” for Adam. The suitable partner for Adam just happened to be Eve, the first woman. In Leviticus, the same passage that condemns gay sex also punishes someone for wearing linen and wool at the same time, so if that is the argument for why homosexuality is wrong, the anti-gay pastor better not preach while wearing linen and wool. My point? Looking for answers about same sex marriage in the Bible is more complicated than many anti-gay advocates make it appear.
    In 2010, Episcopal Church Bishops reviewed a report put together by theologians that discusses the similarities between the way Jesus is married to the Church and same sex marriage. The central theme of the report is what Jesus’ marriage relationship meant. The Church is both the bride of Christ and Christ’s body. How can Jesus marry something that is only lead by men? Can two males or females represent both Jesus and the Church? New, more liberal, interpretations of marriage, argue that marriage is a means by which God brings two people to Himself by exposing them to each other. Is it possible for someone to come closer to God through someone of their own sex? If the point of marriage is to bring two people closer to God, same sex union should be encouraged. The problem that the Catholic Church needs to work on is their stance on homosexual acts. The teaching that sex is for the procreative and unitive good bars homosexuals from sexual actions. Moving forward, the Church will have to consider what marriage really is and what the vocations are for homosexuals.
    Pope Francis saying, “who am I to judge?” is a great way to sum up the current consensus on same sex marriage and whether or not same sex couples can in fact be complementary like heterosexual couples are believed to be. His comment shows that the church is still trying to understand what marriage is and how it relates to Jesus and his relation to the Church.
    VUpm18

    1. Russell S Rheaume says:

      Pope Francis said “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” He was talking about seeking salvation and that he doesn’t have any problem with the inclination to homosexuality itself. This does not mean he condones unchaste homosexual behavior.

      The Bible does condemn homosexual acts in several places .

      Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. — 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

      We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine. — 1 Timothy 1:9-10

      Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. — Romans 1:26-27

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