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

  1. Lorraine says:

    I totally agree with Pope Francis on the issue of sex. All sex outside of marriage is a sin against God & ourselves. We all have to conquer our flesh. For those people who feel led to have sex with same gender partners, that too is a sin. To embrace this as a way of life would be doing the individual a great disservice. We would be condoning their sin. No different than the abortion issue. Murder is murder, whether the life is 8 weeks old or 80 years old. It is still life.

  2. Fisherman says:

    Cast the first stone? Yes and the Lord forgave the prostitute said, “Go and sin no more”….

    Matthew 5 Jesus upholds Torah
    Matthew 15 Jesus condemns all sexual acts outside of marriage
    Matthew 19 Marriage is between a man and woman, as it was in the beginning (Genesis).
    Its Matthew 22, when Jesus invokes the Torah Deut 6.5 and Levit 19.18, Matthew 23 Jesus rebukes the Pharisees and the great Harlot.

    If you truly, truly understood Torah, Deut 6.5 and Levit 19.18,
    You would do what offends the Lord and your neighbor.
    All commandments rest on these.

    1. Fisherman says:

      Sorry type-o
      “You would do what offends the Lord and your neighbor”…

      .Funny that type-o makes the ten commandments look like a “To Do” list… hah

  3. Damian says:

    I don’t have an issue with associating with gays, what I have issue with is them wanting you to respect them for who they are yet, they are not fine with you being straight, so they talk you out of it, telling you that your success in life depends on you being gay cuz according to them all top male individuals in the world are gays\bisexuals too. When you refuse to belong, they frustrate your effort in life with their gay connections. This same people are hard practicing christian and top people in the society. Let them stop oppressing d straights else itz going to be a WAR. If they want respect for who they are, they should respect us for being straight. If their is any reasonable Gay guy reading and is innocent of these please talk to your people.

  4. Lee says:

    How about we follow Matthew 23 and Love God, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves? And how about we only let those who have not sinned cast the stones? Let God, in his infinite wisdom, take care of gays as He sees fit. Meanwhile, on earth, love them as we love ourselves. (This means, I think, that we should love ourselves as well, although that may be a bit of an assumption. :) Just a thought. Might make our lives and afterlives a little easier, and more than a little better.

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