In His Own Words: What the Pope Really Said

Pope Francis’ comments pertaining to the hot button issue of homosexuality have been over-interpreted by some members of the press.

I think that at least some of this is due to the fact that the over-interpreters don’t know very much about Catholic teaching. In truth, the Pope did not change existing teaching at all. He simply confirmed it.

The revolutionary act was in his willingness to address the question of homosexual priests openly and without embarrassment. That, far more than his words, signals welcome change.

However, this welcome change is not limited to questions of homosexuality. Pope Francis has demonstrated this same unflinching and unapologetic grasp of reality linked with traditional Catholic teaching in all of his actions and statements.

What interested me far more than his comments about homosexual priests was what he had to say about women.

Instead of making the mistake of over-interpreting things myself, I’m going to let you watch the video and decide what he meant. Based on the intelligent comments you’ve made to my earlier post on this topic, I think you are going to do a great job of it.

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  • jenny

    Thank you for the video. After watching it, I see that some members of the press truncated / took out of context some of the statements made by the Pope.

  • Bill S

    In regard to gays trying to live a good life, he said: “Who am I to judge?”

    I believe that applies in all cases where gays are trying to live according to their own moral standards. Not mine. Not the Church’s. not anyone else’s. who are we to judge?

  • Michael Sweat

    The media has become especially good at hearing and relaying what they want heard to support their own agendas. The Pope is no exception. Thank goodness the faithful clarify the Christ-honoring intent of the Pope and others. “The Church is a hospital to the sick and dying. All people are welcome to come and hear the good news that Jesus saves sinners.”

  • TheodoreSeeber

    The problem is in translation.

    Same sex attraction is NEVER sinful.

    Same sex intercourse is ALWAYS sinful.

    Learn the difference.

    • Rick Garrido

      Jesus’ Words: Matthew 5:27-28

      • TheodoreSeeber

        Yes, but once again, that’s an *action* that is separate from the *temptation*.

        The temptation is that you see a woman, who is not your wife, that strikes you as immodestly dressed. Do you turn your eyes away? Or do you allow lust to enter your heart and start obsessing about having sex with her?

        The first is objectively NOT sinful- it is in fact the correct response to the temptation to sin. The second IS sinful- even if it only occurs in the heart and mind of the MAN involved and the woman never even knows.

        Going back to homosexuality- a Same Sex Attracted Man who guards his Chastity well and who does *not* give in to the attraction and practices custody of the eyes, is not sinful. A gay man who goes out to bars to pick up sex partners is sinful, even if he never meets anybody to take home.

        Do you understand the difference?

  • Rick Garrido

    Speaking of importance, Jesus said not even the Lady but those who heed and obey. Luke 8:19-21