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.
- Immediately after paragraph 2358 is (wait for it) 2359, which lays out what the pope didn't say:
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.
- The pope was responding with forgiveness of the sins of gay priests and others. Their sins can be found in paragraph 2359. However, the pope never said a word about recruiting homosexuals for the priesthood.
- The pope never affirmed the idea of gay marriage. In fact he has been very vocal in the past against gay marriage.
- The pope never gave approval or affirmation to the gay lifestyle. He is talking about same sex attraction, not action.
- I particularly liked the tweet from @TomWehner, which sums up what has really happened here:
Pope Reaffirms Church Teaching on same-sex attraction; MSM Goes Wild! http://t.co/rGQVSzxhYj #NCRegister #PapaFrancesco
— Tom Wehner (@TomWehner) July 29, 2013