Pope Francis: ‘Fashionable Homosexuality’ Has No Place in Catholic Church
The Pontiff claimed that some societies regarding homosexuality a 'fashionable' lifestyle
Pope Francis says that 'fashionable' homosexuality has no place in the Catholic church before admitting that its something that 'worries me,' according to a quote in a soon-to-be-published book.
The Pontiff claimed that some societies regarding homosexuality a 'fashionable' lifestyle.
As the Pope's approval ratings plummet following a series of scandals and his cover-up of clerical child abuse, his attention seems to be firmly fixated on the 'effect' homosexuality has on the church.
Francis was quoted characterizing homosexuality inside the walls of seminaries, convents and other religious areas where clergy live as 'a solemn question.'
Excerpts from the book ran in the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera's website on Saturday.
A Spanish-born missionary priest, Fernando Prado, was quoted from the interview:
'In our societies, it even seems homosexuality is fashionable. And this mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church.'
Based on hours of conversations the two had at the Vatican in August, the book will be published in 10 languages next week.
Francis repeated past Vatican statements about the notice that must be given when selecting men for admission to seminaries.
'We must very much take care of human and sentimental maturity' when qualifying future priests.
Francis is quoted commenting on a clergyman who had informed him that having gay men in Catholic religious housing 'isn't so grave' because it's 'only an expression of affection,' the Italian news agency ANSA reports.
That reasoning 'is in error,' Francis stated.
In consecrated life and priestly life, there is no place for this kind of affection.'
He continued to insist candidates with 'neuroses or strong unbalance' should not be allowed 'to the priesthood nor (other forms of) consecrated life.'
Despite this, Francis has previously said that gay Catholics add to the life of the church.
The Pontiff said the Chruch must remember 'they are persons who will live in the service of the church, of the Christian community, of the people of God. Let's never forget this perspective.'
Francis in his papacy has attempted to emphasize that while following church teachings, the faithful must also be sympathetic to others with different views.
According to Catholic teaching, homosexual activity is a sinful act, and everyone besides married heterosexual couples should refrain from sex.