Pope Francis said that homosexual tendencies are “not a sin,” and that parents who see signs of “rare things” in their children should not jump to conclusions before consulting a professional.

In an interview for the show Salvados broadcast on the Spanish TV network La Sexta, Pope Francis was asked by host Jordi Évole about his well-known soundbite from 2013: “Who am I to judge?”

The Holy Father replied that homosexual tendencies are “not a sin” because “sin is an act: of thought, word and deed, with freedom.”

“If you have a tendency to anger, it is not a sin. Now, if you are angry and hurt people, the sin is there.”

Pope Francis said that “in theory,” its not a “rarity” for parents to have a homosexual child, but if they begin to see signs of “strange things” they should consult with a psychological professional before jumping to conclusions.

“But I’m talking about a person who is developing, and parents start to see strange things. Please consult, and go to a professional, to a psychologist, and there you will see what it is and may not be homosexual, that is due to something else.”

Pope Francis said that homosexual children can be challenging to family, in that they can be

“scandalized by something they don’t understand, something out of the ordinary. I’m not making a judgement of value, I’m doing a phenomenological analysis.

However, “you never throw a homosexual person out of the house” and that once their identity is “set” they have

“the right to a family, and that father and mother have the right to a son or daughter, come as it may, and no son or daughter can be thrown out of the home.”

According to the Catechism, “homosexual tendencies” are “objectively disordered” but not a sin in and of itself.

“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. 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.” – CCC 2358

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