Before you start spreading around articles with titles like “Pope Francis says transsexuals and gay people should be embraced by the Catholic Church”, read the fine print.
During a recent Q&A session with journalists, he said:
“Life is life, and things should be taken as they come. Sin is sin, but tendencies or hormonal imbalances … can cause many problems and we have to be careful… each case must be welcomed, accompanied, studied, discerned and integrated. When a person (who is gay) arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, ‘Go away because you are homosexual.'”
But he also said:
“It is one thing to have homosexual tendencies or a sex change. But it is another thing to teach it in schools… it is another thing to teach it, [that one can be transgender], in schools along these lines in order to change mentality. I call this ideological colonisation.”
So the Pope opposes teaching young people about trans people and homosexuals because it might change their mentality that it’s wrong to be gay, bi, or trans. That means he’d oppose California’s LGBT-inclusive social studies classes or any attempt to teach LGBT students that they aren’t sinners, which means he’d also be against gay-straight alliances and anti-bullying training that encourages teachers and counselors to accept LGBT student identities — after all, we wouldn’t want anyone teaching queer kids that there’s nothing wrong with them.
His comments suck, but we’re not sure how much Americans should really worry about them seeing as only one in ten American Catholics depend on the Pope for moral guidance and seventy percent are accepting of LGBT identities. More troubling is that his words will be taken as gospel truth in Africa, Asia and South America where the number of Catholics is growing.