Current pope says the same thing the last pope says!
This article confuses love for the person with love for all a person does. In this way, it is somewhat like capitalism. In capitalism a person has value based upon what they can produce, or what value they can add to a system or product. In Catholicism a person has value because they are made in the image of God, and so reflect the value of God himself. In Catholicism, what a person does or doesn’t do has no impact upon how much that person is worth. As a college professor of mine once said, “Never confuse who you are with what you do.”
Pope Francis has a great track record of not confusing the two. Those who have homosexual tendencies are just as valuable and loveable as everyone else. In no way are Catholics supposed to judge those with same sex inclinations as less human. However, this doesn’t do away with the other issue at play: whether or not acting on same sex attraction is good or bad. The Church teaches same sex attraction is bad because it misunderstands masculinity and femininity and treats the two genders as interchangeable. It denies the unique beauty of male and female by supposing male and female are meaningless categories that are not meant to complement each other.
Therefore, to claim that homosexual practice is a sin isn’t to try and be more Catholic than the Pope, but to more fully pass on Catholic teaching than one or two sound bites allows. In our Capitalist society, it is easy to confuse what one does with how much one is valued. These two are synonymous. In Catholicism they are two separate things, and by misunderstanding that, this article thinks a shift in Church teaching has occurred when the reality is that this pope is teaching the same as the last:
“It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the church’s pastors wherever it occurs.”
~ Benedict XVI