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August 2, 2013

Give Francis some credit for defense of homosexuals

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Pope Benedict XVI, in 2005 wrote that homosexuality was “a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” and an “objective disorder.” Those with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies,” he wrote, should not be priests.

On the other hand, the catechism of the Catholic Church published in 1992 during the tenure of another popular pope, John Paul II, said Catholics must treat gays “with respect, compassion and sensitivity,” avoiding “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard.”

While not straying from that policy, Francis also did not stray from the concept that although homosexuals should be accepted, they shouldn’t actually have gay sex.

“Under no circumstances can they be approved,” Francis told the reporters on his plane. … “Homosexual persons are called to chastity.”

While we may disagree with Francis on this and other issues, we admire this pope and his efforts regarding tolerance and reform.

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