I don’t usually write about religion, especially one I’m not a part of and don’t know much about. There have been headlines making the rounds in social media of the Pope telling a gay man that God made him that way. But does the church really accept gay people?
I don’t have an answer to that question. Click the link above and read the article. Feel free to share your thoughts with me. It seems to me that this Pope is more open and accepting than others before him. I recently saw a video of the Pope answering the question of a young boy whose father had died. The boy was very scared that his father wouldn’t go to heaven because he wasn’t a believer. The Pope’s response was so kind, thoughtful, loving toward this boy and he reassured him that God had to love any many who would raise a boy such as this.
The quote of the Pope was in a private conversation with a gay man. The Vatican does not confirm or deny parts of private conversations. This Pope has been more open and accepting of the gay community. Pope Francis said of gay men and women, “Who am I to judge?” A departure for sure but enough?
“The first edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the dense summary of Catholic teaching published by St. John Paul II in 1992, said gay individuals ‘do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial.’
The updated edition, which is the only edition available online and on the Vatican website, was revised to remove the reference to homosexuality not being a choice. The revised edition says: ‘This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.’”
As an outsider, it seems to me that the Pope is more open and accepting than the church as a whole. Considering homosexuality objectively disordered is not at all in line with medical and psychological conclusions. The trial from my perspective is more about being in a church that doesn’t accept them as they are, for who they were born to be.