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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  • Amanda

    As I have responded to some of your other articles your writing seems to be based on your own descriminating opinion and not facts.

  • Anonymus

    Am I the only catholic who thinks that being an atheist is okay? Am I the only catholic that thinks that no matter who I fall in love with (female or male) God will love me and I will still belong to this church without being disrespected?

    • anon

      No, it is just a small group of people do, yet according to the PRRI (Public RELIGIOUS Research Institute) 58% white Catholics are for homosexual marriage. Also, age has a big deal to do with % turnouts, between the republican party, 50% of the millennial generation agree with same-sex marriage, while only 18% of the silent generation agree with same-sex marriage.

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  • gumby

    What would you expect from the false prophet of Rev. 13?

  • Kosche

    “… and the Catholic Church stands condemned in public opinion”

    First of all it’s a biblical teaching and not solely a Catholic teaching. “Man shall not lay down with Man”. That said, the Catholic church is not concerned with “public opinion” and neither is the whole of Christianity …nor should it be. It is not a popularity contest. It is about the teaching of God’s laws to its people. It’s truths do not change with trends and fashions of the time and dates back 4000 years to Abraham. Regardless of your understanding of that that is their job and they should and do, do it. This teaching has never changed and can’t. The Catholic church is constantly attacked by those who want it to bend to their personal will…sorry, but you are very confused on the purpose of the church. An institution created by God that will never fail as a whole, although it is run by humans who do sin. Your comment is ignorant and is no revelation. You are free to take it or leave it. I assume you are leaving it and that’s your choice :) its called free will and that is eternal no matter what you believe.

    • Sun

      Thank you smart person who posted the comment above mine, you are awesome.

  • Richard Dey

    When I meet a Catholic, I must distinguished between his faith and that faith’s 2000-year history of condemning, persecuting, traumatizing, and burning homosexual men. I can’t believe the Church would pass off this kind of history with “impromptu remarks”. Let’s put it this way, homosexuals aren’t going to accept it, and I wouldn’t expect them to. This was 2000 years of crimes against humanity, of the culture that gave us democracy, philosophy, and science — more than once! The Church’s own hypocrisy regarding homosexuality brought it to public attention; the public has now sided with homosexuals against these superstitious laws; and the Catholic Church stands condemned in public opinion (even in Catholic eyes). It has one option leading one one and one more only: it must apologize for this gargantuan crime against 10% or more of western civilization, and dissolve itself before it makes any more tragic mistakes like this again. On the basis of this horror alone, Catholics should be obliged to leave the faith. It has disgraced itself and, if by grace we are saved, we can be saved only by leaving the Church.

    • Sun

      Leaving the Church accomplishes nothing. Don’t hold the gays who were killed thousands of years ago against the Faith when Christians are still being killed. Read the comment above yours, whoever posted that was very smart. My faith has not disgraced itself, a few members of it have disgraced themselves. The church gives guide lines, it’s your choice whether to follow them accurately or not. Unless you want to call the apostles liars too when they were under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

      • Sun

        Oh and I don’t care if someone is attracted to the same gender. You can be tempted to steal candy and not be hated for wanting to do something like that. As long as they don’t act on it or sue a church for not allowing them to get married, I will still love them like any other person. Even when they do those I won’t hate them. What I do hate is the stereotype saying that Catholics “hate” gays. I disagree with the action not the person. I’ve been teased for being Catholic and they’ve been teased for being homosexual by others. Neither is a good reason to be teased about. I just want to do God’s will, and I want to help others do his will too. Leading others to salvation isn’t done by leaving the Church but by teaching them about God, his teachings, and his will. The Church just happens to be his house. Can you blame a master for a dirty house when his servant hasn’t cleaned it? No.

    • Madison

      I like what you have to say about this issue. It bothers me that the Church has persecuted thousands of men and woman over the thousands of years. How am I to be expected to listen and follow what the Church preaches, when it is corrupt in itself, especially with the Bible. According to the Bible, the some of the Israelites sinned by inter-marrying with other people when exiled. I could name a few other “sins” that the Church accepts today, but i will not bother. I would also like to point out that, according to the Church, Bible, and worshippers, we are all children of God and made in his image. If we are all made in his image, then why is it considered a sin to love the person of your choice. It is a known fact that men and women are born as homosexuals, they don’t freely decide. If that were the case, many men and women would not be homosexual, for society, the Church and the government all condemn homosexuals. To wrap this up, i will end with a famous parable spoken by Jesus that many people seem to want to avoid when they know they are wrong or biased.

      A Woman Caught in Adultery. Jn 8: 1-11
      Then each went to his own house, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin anymore.”



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