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. Henry Atobi says:

    Hello brothers and sisters in the Lord,
    The bible clearly warned us against gay marriage as well as any other sin and it is time for the church to come out and say that, it is against the bible. Many political and world leaders are not seening
    gay marriage as sin against God but human right which is totally wrong and they are trying to influence the church. (1st corinthians 6:9_10. Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s kingdom. Do not fool yourselves people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts…_none of these will possess God’s kingdom) All sins are equal and what we need to do is to repent and God isjustforgiveus. But issue here is that,theworldis not looking at homosexual or gay marriage as a sin and they are trying to influence the church which

  2. Paid4 says:

    According to the Bible: “The man who has intercourse with a man in the same way as with a woman: they have done a hateful thing together; they will be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13 (NJB)
    It’s plain, those of us that think it’s wrong are not judging them, they have been prejudged by God.

  3. FRLBJ says:

    The Pope said that the tendency to homosexuality “is not the problem”. The catechism says that the tendency is a disorder. So it sounds like the Pope does not believe the Catechism.
    Also, you left out the context of the question which is the and especially on one priest who is heading up a financial area of the Vatican. Please give the whole context.Pope Francis’s comment is still very troubling. He does not care it that it is or else he could have clarified it. He does not care much for truth and that should be what he is striving to explain and seek. Instead he seems focused on pleasing the world public opinion rather than on pleasing God and giving witness to the truth.

  4. tchuks says:

    Love the sinner but hate the sin, also make the sinner know that he or she is wrong so it will not be used against u in judgement

  5. Rich says:

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

    1. tchuks says:

      It is not ok, because that simply mean that u ar wishing them well as sinners

    2. Bill says:

      You don’t need to agree with someones path to happiness to hope and pray for them to be happy.
      Show up, let them know you care.

  6. 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

    1. Zac says:

      The homosexuals just ask for exceptance, thats all they ask for, and any true believers of god wouldnt shun others, they would act as if they were like anyone else. Just remember, the bible was written by men, not by gods. Yous are adults, yous should no better then to judge. Yous should be worrying about more important things like how humans are destroying the world we live in, now thats a problem we should be worrying about.

      1. Zac says:

        Sorry for the grammar and spelling mistakes. Z.G peace out!

    2. Mirsh says:

      So, are you saying that pre-marital sex is equally as sinful as homosexuality? If that’s the case why not just bar the doors to nearly every unmarried 18-25 year old in your church. Or, is their sin lessened b/c it’s man/woman? What about other sins? What about adulterers? If you find out your neighbor is cheating on his wife, are you going to have him barred from the church also? What about the other sins of the world such as greed, sloth, etc? Are you barring the lazy, the overly rich, etc from your church? OH! What about people who take God’s name in vain! That’s the SECOND COMMANDMENT! Are you barring your doors from anyone who says “Oh my God!” or “GD”… how about teens writing OMG? Would that count also?

      My point? You’re cherry picking a certain “sin” and holding it up as so much worse than others, and frankly, what you’re doing is severely judgemental, and THAT is definitely listed out as a no-no in the Bible “Judge not, lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1). That comes out pretty straightforward as a command/consequence. Any scriptures against homosexuality are all inferred, interpretated, and decoded. NOWHERE in the Bible does it say “Don’t be Gay.”… you can interpret all you want to w/ the Sodom and Gammorah stories, but there’s much more to that story than the sexual side of it.

      You’re reaching for answers that aren’t there, and you’re demonizing one particular “sin” much more so than others….

      1. Suzan says:

        Ok so I see what you’re saying about us focusing and analyzing too much on one sin. Pre marital sex is wrong and saying God’s name in vain is too. I don’t think we should close up church for anybody, but we can recognize that engaging in homosexual activity is wrong. Even aside from the Sodom story you can easily see in the beginning of Romans the belief that homosexuality is bad.

      2. Kathy says:

        All are welcome in the Catholic Church. Jesus came for sinners. However, we must worthily receive the sacraments. If we are in a state of mortal sin, the breaking of God’s commandments, then we should not receive the Eucharist. We must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation where we detest our sins and firmly resolve to do penance, sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin. You are correct in that all sex outside of marriage-the union of one man and one woman-breaks God’s commands. If you are not promising to stop, your confession is invalid…don’t go to Communion…but please go to Mass.

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