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Pope Francis: Catholic Church should be supportive of ‘that somewhat unusual situation’ when families have gay kid

Pope Francis: Catholic Church should be supportive of ‘that somewhat unusual situation’ when families have gay kid

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents faced with the ‘somewhat unusual situation’ of having gay children

He wants the parents to stand by those children but as far as those children growing up and being able to marry someone of the same sex, the Pope says that’s not something church leaders have even discussed.

When Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in October, the Vatican backed away from a leaked revision of a document revealing the Catholic Church’s official views. It had that stated gay Catholics’ orientation should be ‘valued’ and that they have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer parishes.’

The watered-down approved section discusses gay sexuality as a problem Catholic families face.

‘What we did talk about was of how a family with a homosexual child, whether a son or a daughter, goes about educating that child, how the family bears up, how to help that family to deal with that somewhat unusual situation,’ Pope Francis says in an interview with La Nacion.

‘That is to say, the synod addressed the family and the homosexual persons in relation to their families, because we come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation. This happened to me several times in Buenos Aires.

‘We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter.’

The Pope added that ‘nobody mentioned homosexual marriage’ at the synod.

Why not?

‘It did not cross our minds.’