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Did Pope Francis Say Homosexual Behavior Is O.K.?

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"When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers."

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1 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Two years ago Tuesday, Pope Francis uttered these words, sending shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church and the world. His position stood in contrast to that of his predecessors: Months earlier, Pope Benedict XVI suggested that gay marriage was a threat to global peace.Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is evolving on LGBT issues. As theologian David Cloutier has noted, the process isn’t political—it’s spiritual. The church is beginning to discern more deeply the full measure of God’s presence in LGBT individuals and, yes, couples, too. There have been five notable moments in this evolution."Pope Francis + LGBT Issues"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = "Gay, Celibate Man Is Official Face Of LGBT Catholicism For Pope's Visit"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Gays welcome when Pope Francis visits US, says Catholic leader - but don't use events to lobby for same-sex marriage"
4 Sara Di Diego = "I am not Catholic myself, but I have a lot of Catholic friends that discussed this matter.  Some said that their families wholeheartedly accepted the gay community after they heard the Pope say this on the radio.  Other friends say that their families believe that the Pope is lying about doctrine to seem more popular.  Either way, as a queer person, I would feel more comfortable around Pope Francis than any other Pope before him."
5 Sara Di Diego = "I was asked to discuss why people in the LGBTQI+ community decide to label themselves such when godly people see them as human beings.  They also wanted to know why we classify ourselves if they themselves don't label themselves as straight, they just are.-In a way this ties to privilege.  For example, if you are a person of color or someone with a minority religion in the region you live, you are constantly thinking about that label.  However a white Christian in say rural Idaho, does not have to think about those labels, because they do not have to worry about anything race or religion-wise.  If you do not have this privilege, you are aware of the rights you do not have.Being in the LGBTQIA+ community means you're in a disadvantaged group, which means that you "seek social networks and political protection".  This is not like the "poly-sexuals, dominants, and submissives" you mentioned, go through 24/7.In the beginning these labels were used as code words within the community, since being gay was virtually illegal.  "Sodomy" was illegal until 2003.  However 12 states still ban it today.Also the terms "gay, lesbian, and transgender people" are not sexual labels.  The label "transgender" just means that they were assigned the wrong gender at birth.  Also a transwoman can be a lesbian if she is attracted to other women.  Gay and lesbian are not sexual labels like "submissive and dominant".  Another reason gays, lesbians, and transgender people label themselves is because if they didn't, people would label them with offensive labels.  Before the term "gay" was reclaimed, "homosexual" was widely used.  However "homosexual" is associated with "the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of same-sex attractions as a mental disorder" which was not reversed until 1973.Although you may believe that the fight against discrimination ended when same-sex marriage was passed in America, the main thing plaguing the community right now is LGBT homeless youth. Here are some stats about this.  Same-sex marriage was fought for after the AIDS epidemic.  Partners could not be with their loved ones when they died, since they did not have the rights.  Personally, I identify as queer because I'm am part of the movement trying to reclaim the word.  However I also really like labels, because without them people try to tell me what I am.  I am also mixed race, and people guess or tell me that I am just Hispanic, Hawaiian, and so on.  People also tell me that I have to choose one gender to fall in love with, while I am pansexual.  Thus I loudly label myself as Hapa (mixed race-asian) and queer.  Here some good links:On Privilege:  http://www.tolerance.org/article/racism-and-white-privilegeOn Homeless Youth: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/lgbtq.htmlWork Cited:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/fashion/gays-lesbians-the-term-homosexual.html?_r=0http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/21/12-states-ban-sodomy-a-decade-after-court-ruling/7981025/"
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Sara, thank you for so beautifully explaining your position on this issue. I greatly appreciate and immensely respect you for your beliefs and I am so grateful that you were willing to share something so personal with all of us. I have always felt that before a person decides to make an opinion on something, they need to be educated about the topic first. You have educated me and made me a better person because of it. Shalom and blessings always."
7 Sahil Badruddin = "No one should be judged as an individual for their "homosexual tendencies". Treat others the way you want to be treated. "