WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Vatican did not publish a part of Pope Francis’ interview recommending parents to seek psychiatric help if their sons came out as gay.
- Pope Francis made the comments when he was asked by a journalist what he would tell parents whose sons have homosexual tendencies.
- Later, the Vatican erased the pope’s remarks from its official account, explaining “he had not meant to suggest that homosexuality was a mental illness.”
The Vatican has explained that Pope Francis’s remarks, in which he said parents should take gay children to see a psychiatrist, was not what he really meant.
While on the flight back to Rome from Ireland, a journalist asked the pope what he would tell parents who notice homosexual behaviors in their children.
The head of the Catholic Church answered: “I would say first of all to pray – then, to not condemn, to talk, to understand, to make space for the son or daughter.
“Then, it depends on the age… it is one thing if it’s manifested in children, there are many things one can do with a psychiatrist.”
And then he added that ignoring a son or daughter with homosexual tendencies means “a lack of fatherhood or motherhood.”
“When it shows itself from childhood, there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry, to see how things are,” Pope Francis continued.
Later, when the Vatican published the pope’s comments, they removed remarks with reference to psychiatry.
A Vatican spokeswoman explained that it was done in order to not “change the thoughts of the Holy Father”.
“When the pope referred to ‘psychiatry’, it is clear that he was doing it to highlight an example of ‘things that can be done’,” the spokeswoman told AF.
“But with that word he didn’t mean to say that it (homosexuality) was a ‘mental illness’,” she added.
Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland was filled with controversy amid alleged sexual misconducts by Catholic priests. The pope was accused of helping cover up sexual abuse allegations against the influential US cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In 2013 Pope Francis said the Church should ask forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them, France24 reported.
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the pope said back then.
Source: The Guardian