Where Does Pope Francis Really Stand on Same-Sex Marriage?

Pope Francis recently had a private meeting in the Vatican with a same-sex “couple” – “Diego” Neria Lejárraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, who had a “gender change” surgery, and her “wife”.  The story was initially published in the Spanish periodical Hoy, and reported by various other publications like Rorate Caelias well as various Italian publications such as Corriere della SeraRepubblicaIl Giornale, etc.

Diego Neria Lejárraga is a 48-year old native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24] by Pope Francis in a meeting that was strictly private  in his residency of Santa Marta, in the Vatican, at 5 p.m.  Diego’s mother asked her not to change her body while she lived.  One year after her mother’s death, when Diego turned 40, she finally took the step: she contacted a plastic surgeon and changed his body/gender.

Regarding the encounter with the pope, Diego said: “I would have never dared before [to do gender change surgery], but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me.”

Diego asked the Holy Father if there is any place in the house of God for her, following the “gender-reassignment” surgery,  In response, Pope Francis reportedly embraced her in the presence of her “wife”, with whom she will form a “family” soon.


Gradual “Softening” of the Church’s Stand?

This new development muddles up an already confusing situation as to where the pope really stands in regard to same sex marriages.  Pope Francis has generally toned down the Church’s stand with regard to same sex marriages.  In his press conference on the way back to Rome after his trip to Brazil, he told reporters: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” In another widely-publicized interview published in September 2013, Pope Francis told Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible…it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

And yet, in various other instances, the pope has taken the traditional Church line on the impossibility of homosexual marriages.  In November 2014, Pope Francis told an interreligious conference on traditional marriage that preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology,” since “children have the right to grow up in a family with a father and mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.”

In “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), the first encyclical of Pope Francis jointly written with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the two popes say marriage should be a “stable union of man and woman.” It continues, “This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgement and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation.”

What the Catechism and Previous Popes Say About Same Sex Marriage

Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are ‘intrinsically disordered,’ though it stresses that gays should be treated with compassion and dignity. As Pope and as head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog before that, Pope Benedict has been a strong enforcer of that teaching: One of the first major documents released during his pontificate said men with ‘deep-seated’ homosexual tendencies shouldn’t be ordained priests.

In his 2012 Christmas message to the Vatican Bureaucracy, Pope Benedict said that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.” He emphasised that children needed proper “settings”, and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.

The Catechism (2359-2360) is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Homosexuals are called to a self-sacrificing chastity, and cannot enter into a “marriage”:

Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.Conjugal Love. Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

The Catechism (2358) likewise emphasises that although homosexual persons must be treated with respect, homosexuality itself is “objectively disordered”:

This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

Actions Speak Louder than Words?

If it is indeed true that Pope Francis recently met with a same sex couple in a private audience in the Vatican, then it is a very strong signal of acceptance of same sex marriage – a direct contradiction, though, with the Church’s clear, unequivocal stand on this matter.  While we do take comfort in some words of support for the Church’s stand in this matter, we cannot avoid suffering some confusion with some of the pope’s contradicting messages (“if a person is a gay…who am I to judge?”) and actions.

They say that actions speak louder than words.  In the case of the pope and same sex marriage, for the sake of the family, let us hope and pray that this cliche does not apply.

15 thoughts on “Where Does Pope Francis Really Stand on Same-Sex Marriage?

  1. Genesis 1;27 So they created two human beings, a male and a female..
    Genesis 1:28 Then God and His Son blessed them and said, “We have given you the capability to produce beings in your image. So be fruitful and fill the earth with people.
    Question: How can they produce beings in their image when both of them is in the same gender?

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  2. “If it is indeed true that Pope Francis recently met with a same sex couple in a private audience in the Vatican, then it is a very strong signal of acceptance of same sex marriage”. to just simply receive gay couple in vatican DO NOT mean acceptance of same sex marriage. what a misleading and deceiving conclusion. they are received in the name of being catholics who need spiritual guidance not that the pope blessed their “artificial union”.

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  3. We are the creation of God on earth, every trees were produced fruits you can fine out, there is one fruit have no seed, it seems like the humans. So we’re the creation of God, we have a freedom to love and care the creation of God, and to love the God.

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  4. The Pope stands on the philosophy that everyone needs to love and be loved in return. Just as Jesus Christ loved those who were considered outcasts during His time and St. Francis love for the poor, Pope Francis has also followed this principle as long as he can. The definition of marriage in the Catholic Church is a permanent unification between a man and a woman for the purpose of pro-creation which is based on Genesis’ creation of the world. Therefore, Pope Francis respects the LGBTs but does not support same-sex marriage.

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  5. He just met them and accommodated them just as how the Holy Father is expected to. Doesn’t mean he changes his stand against such issues.

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  6. Jesus said to the women caught in adultery: “Go and sin no more”. If Francis were the real pope I feel certain he would have had the duty, nay obligation to warn this couple of living in a state of mortal sin. As I cannot accept his Papacy, being not canonically elected, I am not surprised by his gross hypocracy and negligence. Read St. Francis Prophecy and see http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com

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  7. There are certain actions that are wrong and will always be wrong like killing, stealing, lying, being unfaithful etc…but, yes, “who are we to judge people” is what i believe, Pope Francis is saying to all of us…only God! There are homosexuals who are chaste and there are heterosexuals and yes, even married people who are not living chaste lives…so yes, who are we to judge!

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  9. Persons are not, in essence, objects of sexual desire/inclination/orientation; persons are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers. God desires that we desire to overcome our disordered inclinations, whatever they may be, heal our wounds, and become transformed through Salvational Love, God’s Gift of Grace and Mercy.

    Francis, on page 117 of his book On Heaven and Earth, condones same-sex sexual relationships that he refers to as private, do not include children, and are not called marriage, and thus, according to Francis, do not affect society.

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  10. One cannot condone same-sex sexual acts and remain in communion with Christ and His Church. Prior to being elected pope, Francis condoned same-sex sexual acts.

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  11. There is this warning of Jesus (Surely for these times as the Prophecy professes of the ‘days of Lot)” & the warning against this is “Remember Lots wife” against the complacency towards Sodom. Pope Francis’s words & action advocated by Casper denote that very Complacency., to the great Apostasy Prophesied, not by some small churches/gatherings but involving the biggest Church which is the Catholic Church, through sodom & its complacency, come as the very marker. Trust Biblical prophecies for they do not lie.

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  12. Natural marriage or union is one between a man and a woman. Sexual aberration is not sufficient reason to engage in same sex union. Same sex individuals can and should be all means help one another and love one another. However, sexual intimacy is out of the question. Sex reassignment is a kind of cosmetic for in truth, the persons concerned are what they were originally born. The Pope’s meeting with that couple doesn’t necessarily mean he approves of same sex union. Jesus met sinners and spoke to them for a physician goes to the sick and viceversa.

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    • When sex is termed as a part of Love it becomes to reproduction, but when love becomes part of sex it becomes to Lust., an Abomination defined as Sodom & its proof is the utter destruction by God & its Prophecy is unto “the days of Lot” as a result of Complacency to the words of our Lord “Remember Lots wife” .How this truth becomes twisted is but to Justify oneself to that very complacency, through vain debates & philosophies as the Bible warns, directly of the golden calf, for they ‘a mixed Multitude” that came out of Egypt, but Egypt not come out of them “Figured” the golden calf & through it made a feast unto the Lord, only to end up in the worship of the holy cow then & now, defines the worship of the created instead of the creator’ is but the devil spiritually Plagiarizing the truth before time “Cut by hand”‘, when there is no truth in him, so found to be horribly wrong even in parallel when the truth of God “Uncut by hand” manifested in its appointed time, , even unto the command of the Lord “Stand thee behind me satan”
      The many alien alters figured in the British Freemasonic Israeli supreme court through Zionism today reveals the very gods of that holy cow.- Evolution, which belief is to make oneself into god, that ‘ole Lie from Eden, as the gods of the holy cow filled in” Violence & Sodom” today become the legacy of the two houses of US Congress, the grave error spread, leading unto the Prophesied days of “NOE & LOT”,

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  13. Tht’s wht he said. Mr. Pope pls open your bible again : Genesis 19 : 5 Sodom & Gomorah, “….so we can have sex wth them”. Tht’s how word “sodomi” comes from. Book of Ezeskiel, “Don’t do sex immoral”, Jesus to a prostitute, “Go home in peace and dont’ do sin again”, Paul, “Don’t do sex immoral”, Revelation 22 : 14, “.., the sexually immoral,….”. See more : http://www.openbible.info/topics/sexual_immorality

    Is Vatican connected wth the Freemason/ Illuminati ? Yes. Thr’s an obelisk monument in front of St Peter Basilica whr Pope on the balcony gives his speech. It’s a white tall monument wth a piramyd on the top (wikipedia.org, “Washington Monument”). Ths monument can be found in most of Western countries (US, Australia, NZ : One Tree Hill), Europe (incl Vatican), Turkey, Marocon, Philiphine, Japan (Mitsubishi company), etc, also on the US note. It’s an occult. They pray to the Egyptian’s god, Osyris (see amazon.com, “Freemason Books”). In 2009 a group Australia & NZ Freemason were arrested in Fiji wth a real human skull for practising ritual magic (Google: ” BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Fiji freemasons held for sorcery” & “http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/masonic.htm” ) They killed William Morgan (1826, wikipedia.org, “William Morgan (anti-Mason)” & “Death of Joseph Smith”. Both tried to expose its secre & were killed by mobs hired from the Freemason b4 they were stood in the court. In the court it’ll be exposed to public. J Smith’s Mormon’s pastor 1844. Youtube, “Freemasonry Unmasked by Former 32° Freemason”, webs: ://amazingdiscoveries.tv/…/211-the-secret-behind…/ & amazingdiscoveries.tv/media/124/212-hidden-agendas/ , dvd documentary aired on SBS TV, “The Secret of Vatican”. People who try to tell the truth are being told/ punished, “Don’t judging”. It’s very easy for me to have affairs wth other women/ men. If I were confronted by my wife/ parents/ friends I can tell them, “Don’t judge me ! Only God can judge “

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  14. It seems recently Pope Francis was warned of hell fire for the mounting sins of the world, three times from the angel of God which warning is to him also without doubt. This does reflect the 3 warnings from God to Solomon against his Apostasy through the gods of his many wifes, unto the Political systems of the day even to the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast unto the no. of his name. He did not listen & so fell . Likewise—.

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