RE: Homosexual tendencies are not a sin - its the homosexual act that the RC church has issue with.
In short — Love the sinner, hate the sin.
I think you are correct in your interpretation of the pope’s words.
Unfortunately, I think that was the prevailing argument during the period of pedophilic priestly repentance and recidivism.
A person of good will can believe and advance that argument, but I’m afraid history shows us the result.