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

  1. Pogo says:

    “Most homosexuals do not accept Jesus’ teachings on chastity.”

    Most heterosexuals do not either and they go to heaven…

  2. G Real says:

    Why do people play games with there life and mind? If yiu are a believer in Christ and you have read his word, then yiu know that God looks down on homosexuality! It is a sin! There is no way around it! Man was not made to be with man! If so, what would be the purpose of making woman? It does not matter if you are human, dog, horse, cow, bird, insect, or fish! in order to produce another life form, you have to have a male and female! That alone should tell you that homosexuality is wrong! You can condem yourself by playing stupid to answers you know and understand yourself!

  3. Angela says:

    What if homosexual love making is only considered a sin because sex without marriage is a sin? Shouldn’t they be able to marry for the sake of their own relationship with God? And who are catholic people to judge a person by whom they love – isn’t that God’s job? And why don’t you guys take into consideration that the constitution clearly states the separation of church and state? Please email me with such answers, I’d honestly appreciate it.

    1. May says:

      So you allow hetero/homo couples to have sex in your church without them being married? You just marry the ones who want to have children. If yes, then do you realize how much you pervert God’s design for marriage and sex!? Sex is ONLY for the boundary of marriage between a male and a female, no f/f or m/m. Furthermore, it is a gift for the couples to grow more intimate and closer as well as for the ability of procreation.

      Discrediting God’s design for sex and marriage is rejecting God, and thus Jesus. I’d hate for you to be my pastor.

      1. May says:

        Sorry Angela, that was for Rev G. below.

  4. Rev. G says:

    Okay, so like every one else … if you are married, m/f … sex is fine. If you are not, regardless or WHAT you identify as, then sex is a rejection of Jesus? Interesting. I’m very glad I pastor a church that doesn’t give in to the CC teachings *s*. Some are not called to marry, but I cannot believe that the Lord Jesus would cast them as non believers if they find a life partner (hetero or homo). I marry people ONLY if they will have children. According to the old ceremony … ‘for the procreation of children’. Why marry if you are not having children. Hetero or Homo …

    1. May says:

      So you allow hetero/homo couples to have sex in your church without them being married? You just marry the ones who want to have children. If yes, then do you realize how much you pervert God’s design for marriage and sex!? Sex is ONLY for the boundary of marriage between a male and a female, no f/f or m/m. Furthermore, it is a gift for the couples to grow more intimate and closer as well as for the ability of procreation.

      Discrediting God’s design for sex and marriage is rejecting God, and thus Jesus. I’d hate for you to be my pastor.

  5. Mary Rosegrant says:

    Prayer is the only answer to save the world.

  6. patricia says:

    He said – he didn’t have a problem with homosexual priests – if they are seeking God….

    1. P says:

      @patricia And yet if you are a priest, you are swearing off romantic relationships to give yourself to be Gods’ liaison to the people of Earth so the fact that they are homosexual is irreverent.

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