Watch Cardinal Dolan’s explanation here:
See also here:
Media Criticized for Misrepresenting What Pope Francis Said About Gays
The relevant portion of the Catechism that Francis was referring to states: “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.”
So, as Francis noted immediately after the “who am I to judge” quote, his remarks were consistent with existing Catholic doctrine. Many media reports suggested, though, that Francis’ remarks signaled a policy shift. Some even suggested that the Catholic Church might begin to allow the ordination of openly gay priests.