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On Plane Back to Rome: What Did the Pope Really Say about Homosexual Practice vs. Media Hype Comments

On his return from the historic World Youth Day in RIO de JANEIRO, Pope Francis had an informal conversation with journalists aboard the plane. In the midst of a warm and even humorous dialogue, he expressed the teaching of the Catholic Church - and the Sacred Scripture - concerning mercy and forgiveness. A part of that liberating teaching is that when someone repents of sin, they should not only be forgiven - but their past failure should ... Continue Reading

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  1. Trinbagonian
    8 months ago

    Thanks Catholic Online.
    Do you know that Our Holy Father's homosexual comment is a hot topic at other Churches??? Of course, it is being used to justify a move out of the Catholic Church, to vilify our Church and our Most Holy Father. An Abomination!
    It is spiritual warfare, wickedness, and deceit: LIES against our Holy Father. LIES against our Church. LIES to catch souls for perdition. LIES against the Gospel's Good News preached. LIES against the Most Sacred and Reverent Majesty of the Holy of Holies present on earth. How could we not respond? Are we buckling TRUTH on our waists? OR are we hypocrites to the Gospel, the Church, and the Seat of Peter?
    Will we Work, as did the Apostles, to clarify the Gospel for fellow disciples e.g. on how It relates to everyday situations and peoples (e.g. the uncircumcised of Scripture, husbands, wives, children etc.)? Will we clarify what we have been taught through the Pope as did the Apostles under Jesus and Peter? Will we go make disciples? OR will we help scatter? Shame on those of us who try to silence the Word! You contribute to confusion. There will not be silence.
    Blessed are those who tell the Truth of the Living Word! You open hearts to God.
    Some of you say you are for Truth but yet you hate when others clarity for the sake of Truth. You are modern day Judases saying one thing, yet doing another trying to justify your actions. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. That way there is no need to justify.
    AND He will come as a thief in the night. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. Do not be deceived.

    My sister-in-law (a Trini Shouter Baptist) brought up the Pope's words on "gays" in a family conversation (of course with misinterpretations) and I tried to provide the Catholic perspective from the heart. She seemed to understand his comments a little better. This is the job of all of us as a family.
    BTW, she is returning closer and closer to the Church. Praise be to God!
    Again thank you Catholic Online and Pope Francis for your spirit of bravery, humility, and compassion that takes you into unchartered waters to catch the fish that fell out of the net. May we all try to help each other.

  2. Emma
    8 months ago

    I, for one, had no trouble understanding what Pope Francis said. Until, not only msm, but also Catholic Commentators chimed in. With all the inspirational moments that transpired during WYD these few words have won the day. This begs the question : "WHY are so many so focused on so few and their "sin "? Lord have mercy! May we please lead others to you with words of peace and acts of loving witness to the peace, strength and joy that comes from a personal relationship with You? Pope Francis said as much, "Not me. Jesus. " Could we puh..leeze stop worrying and begin celebrating! Enuff already!

  3. KarlVDH
    8 months ago

    The Holy Father said what he said. It baffles me that any of us is so arrogant as to try to "interpret" what he said for others, or, worse, to counsel him as to how he should speak and proceed. May His Holiness never bow to such haughty persons or compromise his ideals for the sake of some pseudo-Catholic version of political correctness! Viva Papa!

  4. Vincent M.
    8 months ago

    May the Lord Jesus be praised and adored each day of our lives! Pope Francis could have been much more direct and unequivocal about the increasing pogrom of homosexual activism being directed against the Church, family life and civil institutions by Satan himself, yes Satan, do we remember him? In light of the horrible pedophilia scandal which has left many parishes in the United States in dire financial straits, you think that the holy father would have been more zealous and absolutely frank about what is taking place in our world today. Even if his words were parsed by the secular media, as is usually the case, they didn't rise to the occasion of complete and total veracity. "Who am I to judge" is too ambiguous a phrase and leaves open the possibility of many misinterpretations and misguided conclusions. As our Lord says very clearly, "let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything else is from the evil one." Finally, as an addendum, this Pope has to use the utmost discretion when choosing to hold a world youth day and speaking impromptu to reporters. Papal protocol should not be abandoned by this Pope and his dependency upon the Holy Sprit to stymie any attempts at Satan's verbal tactics will be his ultimate weapon to speak on behalf of Jesus.

  5. Ha!
    8 months ago

    The right-wing freakout over this is so unsurprisingly un-Christlike. Grow up.

  6. KarlVDH
    8 months ago

    Jose, how should we treat gay people?

  7. DLL
    8 months ago

    Doesn't a "homosexual" cease to be defined as such when they become a Catholic? If the gay life style is not an active sexual one,than to define oneself as a gay Catholic Christian,that is meaningless. They are Catholic Christian. A sexual preference for the same or opposite sex becomes irrelevant. Conversion changes behavior,so to define one as gay or straight when one is Catholic is ridiculous. No one is meant to be defined by sexual preference. If one is free of sin by not living an active recreational,sexual life style,than they are clean.

  8. Jose
    8 months ago

    Homosexual acts are sinful. The inclination may not be sinful. But those with such inclinations if placed in authority will become a burden for those right thinking people. Treating homosexuals and heterosexuals alike is against natural law. and goes against the basic goodwill that is always professed rather than the good news.

  9. Trinbagonian
    8 months ago

    As usual, thanks Catholic Online.
    To tell you the honest truth, I was not going to click on this one because I already know what the Pope will say about homosexual practice. But I am glad I eventually did click on it:
    - I still need to know what "others" are saying about our beloved Pope. All Catholics do.
    - I need to go after those who are misinterpreting what the Pope says. All Catholics do.
    - I still need to read/hear what the Pope is saying about this grave issue. All Catholics do.
    - There are some things that I and others (notably the youth and those wanting information about Catholic views) have learnt. And you should afford all Catholics the opportunity to grow in the Church and find for non-Catholics the information that they seek.
    - There are areas that I may add to the discussion e.g. in my 23 year civil union with my husband, I too was also called to chastity (I believe naturally through the Holy Spirit) before the eventual convalidation of my marriage in the Church. I just wanted to add that it is not that homosexuals are being targeted at all regarding this philosophy of the Church toward homosexuality...same for other sexual sins.

    So thanks again for the usual good work. You keep it real. God bless.

  10. Tom McGuire
    8 months ago

    KarlVDH thanks for a great insight.


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