Pope Francis is at it again with the mixed and hurtful signals.
After Pope Francis allegedly told a gay man that God created him this way earlier this year, there was hope of a change within the man towards gay issues. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to the Guardian, Pope Francis is now saying that he’s concerned about the growing “trend” of homosexuality.
“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” the Pope said when speaking of new priests joining the clergy.
A new book written by the Pope called the Strength of Vocation was released in Italy on Saturday. In this book, Pope Francis speaks on his thoughts towards homosexuality and the church.
“In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” he says in the book The Strength of a Vocation, released in Italy on Saturday.
“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he said.
The Catholic faith sees homosexual activity as a sin, and the Pope has vocally condemned gay men for years now.
“It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn’t exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out,” Francis continues in the book.
“In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life.
“The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.”
But it seems to us Pope Francis is tripping over his words. After all, let’s not forget what he said in 2013….
“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”
h/t: The Guardian