Pope Francis & Apologising to Homosexuals

You tell me, does Fr Lombardi look nervous?
Gosh it's nerve-wracking these days when Pope Francis gets on a plane! It feels like everyone is waiting for the latest controversial statement. Today's headlines are "Pope says Church must apologise to gay people for how it's treated them" (I was a bit surprised to find that even The Catholic Herald is playing it that way), but after having a look at his comments, I actually think he's being misrepresented on this one.
Catholics and other Christians not only must apologise to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against gay people or fostered hostility toward them, Pope Francis said. 
“I think the Church not only must say it is sorry to the gay person it has offended, but also to the poor, to exploited women” and anyone whom the Church did not defend when it could, he told reporters at a press conference on the way back from Armenia yesterday.
Pope Francis was asked to comment on remarks reportedly made a few days previously by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference, that the Catholic Church must apologise to gay people for contributing to their marginalisation.
“The Church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times – when I say ‘the Church,’ I mean we Christians because the Church is holy; we are the sinners,” the Pope said. “We Christians must say we are sorry.”
Changing what he had said in the past to the plural “we,” Pope Francis said that when a gay person “has good will and is seeking God, who are we to judge him?”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear, he said. “They must not be discriminated against. They must be respected, pastorally accompanied.”
The Pope said people have a right to complain about gay pride demonstrations that purposefully offend the faith or sensitivities of others, but that is not what Cardinal Marx was talking about, he said.
Clearly, what he is saying is that we have to ask for forgiveness when we sin against charity.

This is the teaching of the Church:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

See The Catechism of the Catholic Church here.

He also said people have a right to complain about gay pride marches! So in this instance, I think the press are trying to sensationalise his comments and twist them to serve their agenda. We should not cooperate in that!

Two legitimate headlines you will NOT see today:

Pope judges "gay" to be a "condition," says certain manifestations of gay political agenda worthy of condemnation.

Pope "annoyed" by claims that the Church has opened the door to "women deacons."

Let's remember to pray for our Holy Father!

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