This makes homosexuality sound normal, as though it is just a different flavor of the normal.
I think that homosexuals and men who want to have sex with little children are sick and abnormal, and that if you learn that they are having such desires, then they are already someone that you want to marginalize and keep out of some work, such as Priest or Scout leader.
If you dont know that a potential or practicing Priest is homosexual then there is nothing to discuss or think about, but if he is so deep into his sexuality that people learn about the sick, unnatural sexual desires that he is fighting, then he needs to be marginalized.
No matter what, this is a statement which helps people to accept homosexuality as normal, it further undercuts resistance to the homosexual agenda and signals to everyone, especially Catholics, to lighten up on the gay stuff both within and without the Catholic denomination and the Catholic voters sure dont need to hear that message in America.
You have assigned your assessment as though it is the Pope’s intended meaning.
I suggest he is addressing it as “real”, rather than “normal”.
Are you pretending it doesn’t exist and therefore deserves to be ignored?
Priestly vows also commit straight Priests not to act on their opposite sex attraction.
Celibacy applies across the board.
As a Baptist, this Pope strikes me as the Catholic equivalent of the Protestant churches who want to be positive, and who therefor forget the first step in the Good News is “Repent”.
And he is either incredibly naive, or a fool, if he thinks the homosexual assault on all Christians can be turned aside by saying ‘God may judge, but I do not.’ All Christians in the western world are under aggressive attack by militant homosexuals. Getting all soft and fuzzy with them is like calling Islam a ‘religion of peace’ - a good way to help your enemies kill you!