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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  • Rosary Shiny

    No one is perfect in this world. But the almighty Father is always ready to forgive us if only, we truly confesses our sins. Who ever accept the God and willing to do only Gods’ will, Jesus never let them to go away from him and he will always hold our hands and save from everything. And also if we are living according to the Jesus teachings, then we never do anything against the Gods’ creation. That is what Pope Fanicis always preaching, sometimes Vicariously.

  • Magali R Jerez

    We are all children of God and
    God does not make no junk.

  • joe

    this is the best “spin” I have seen in a long time. He said “if they accept the Lord Jesus and have goodwill” All sinners want to live in sin AND go to heaven when they are done. I hope the pope is saved and all poeoples get saved but to not be honest and say you are going to split hell wide open please repent and follow Jesus completely is just not being true to the faith.

  • Cree

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

  • http://WBTruth.com Mark Robbins

    “Do you accept Jesus” and “Do you accept Jesus’ teachings on chastity” are not close to be the same. Do you ever wish you had a nicer car? A nicer home? A more delicious meal? Then you are a coveter. Admit you are. We AL:L are. Does this not make you a Christian. The existence of sin will ALWAYS be with us and has no bearing on whether we are Christians or not.

  • http://gmail Henry Atobi

    Sorry for the mistakes, I was having a little problem posting my comment



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