Not Welcome: 21 Times the Pope Let Down the LGBTQ Community

Throughout history, the relationship between the Vatican and the LGBTQ community has been complex and often contentious. Here are 21 instances where actions or statements from the papacy have sparked anger and controversy among LGBTQ individuals and their allies:

1. Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

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Popes have consistently spoken against same-sex marriage, including Pope Francis who, despite his more inclusive tone, upheld the Church’s traditional view on marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

2. The “Intrinsically Disordered” Comment

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In 1986, under Pope John Paul II, the Vatican described homosexual tendencies as “objectively disordered” and homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered.”

3. The 2003 Vatican Document Against Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

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The Vatican issued a document in 2003 urging Catholics to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions, arguing that they are morally harmful to the fabric of society.

4. Denial of Communion to LGBTQ Individuals

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There have been multiple reports of LGBTQ individuals being denied communion based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, which has often been supported by conservative interpretations of church doctrine.

5. Condemnation of Transgender Rights

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In 2019, Pope Francis condemned what he described as the “erasure of gender,” referring to gender theory and transgender rights, which he claims attempt to destroy the natural differences between men and women.

6. Comparing Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

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Pope Francis once likened gender theory, which includes transgender identity, to nuclear arms, stating that both do not recognize the order of creation.

7. Supporting Conversion Therapy Organizations

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The Vatican has historically supported organizations that promote conversion therapy, which seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

8. Rejection of Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

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Various pontiffs have spoken against the adoption of children by same-sex couples, arguing that it does not provide a healthy environment for the child’s development.

9. Dismissal of LGBTQ Rights as “Ideological Colonization”

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Pope Francis has critiqued the international pressure to adopt progressive views on gender and sexuality, describing it as a form of “ideological colonization.”

10. Refusal to Acknowledge Same-Sex Marriages Legally

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Despite his call for the church to welcome and love all individuals, Pope Francis has affirmed that same-sex marriages should not be legally recognized by the Catholic Church.

11. Calling LGBTQ-Inclusive Education a Threat

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The Pope has criticized educational systems that teach children about LGBTQ inclusivity, claiming they influence young minds with ideologies that conflict with traditional Christian values.

12. Limiting the Roles of LGBTQ People in the Church

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While Pope Francis has been more welcoming in rhetoric, practical limitations still exist on the roles LGBTQ individuals can play in church activities and liturgies.

13. Maintaining that Homosexual Acts are Sinful

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The official stance of the Vatican remains that while homosexual orientation might not be sinful, homosexual acts are considered so.

14. Opposing Gender Reassignment

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The Catholic Church, under current and previous Popes, opposes gender reassignment surgery, viewing it as contrary to God’s plan.

15. Discouraging LGBTQ People from Entering Clergy

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The Church discourages people with deep-seated homosexual tendencies from entering the priesthood, reinforcing a barrier to inclusion.

16. Endorsement of Discriminatory Laws

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In some instances, the Church has not spoken against laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, indirectly endorsing them.

17. Using Pejorative Terms to Describe LGBTQ People

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Historical documents and speeches sometimes included pejorative terms or harmful stereotypes about LGBTQ individuals.

18. Silence on Anti-LGBTQ Violence

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There have been notable times when the Vatican did not comment on or condemn acts of violence and discrimination against LGBTQ communities.

19. Non-Support for Civil Unions Earlier

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Before Pope Francis’s groundbreaking statement supporting civil unions, the Vatican had always opposed any legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

20. Lack of Pastoral Care

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Critics argue that there has been a lack of pastoral care and support directed towards LGBTQ Catholics who often feel marginalized by their church.

21. Not Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth

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There has been significant criticism regarding the lack of outreach and supportive pastoral measures for LGBTQ youth, who are at a higher risk of harm and exclusion.

A Complex Relationship

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The relationship between the papacy and the LGBTQ community has been fraught with misunderstandings and doctrinal conflicts. While there have been steps toward a more inclusive approach under Pope Francis, significant tensions and disagreements continue to affect dialogue and outreach efforts.

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