Pope Francis on Wednesday urged parents around the world not to condemn their children if they are gay.
During his weekly general audience, Francis made the remarks while discussing the biblical figure Joseph.
He spoke to parents who are dealing with severe events in their children’s lives, such as children who are unwell, imprisoned, or died in car accidents.
“Parents who see that their children have different sexual orientations, how they manage that and accompany their children and not hide behind a condemning attitude.”
“Never condemn a child,” he said.
Though it advocates for gay and lesbian persons to be respected, church beliefs believe homosexual behaviour to be “intrinsically disordered.”
In 2013, Pope Francis told reporters that he would not “judge” gay priests, saying, “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
He’s also referred to gay and transgender individuals as God’s children and advocated civil partnerships.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family.
They are children of God,” Francis said during an interview for the 2020 documentary “Francesco.”
“You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
Last year, however, the Vatican stated that the Catholic Church and its priests are unable to bless same-sex marriages because God “cannot bless sin.”
“There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family,” the Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in a two-page statement that was approved by Pope Francis.