That question is not in any way an accusation of sin or an insinuation of any sexual misbehavior. Nor is it a facetious inquiry. The question of this Pope's sexual orientation takes on special significance because he was the author of Vatican documents that claimed that although homosexual orientation is not sinful, " it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder". I do not believe that. Rather I hold with E. Wilson who suggests, " a strong possibility that homosexuality is normal in a biological sense , that it is a distinctive beneficent behavior that evolved as an important element of early human social organization.
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This is a list of sexually active popes , Catholic priests who were not celibate before they became pope, and popes who were legally married. Some candidates were sexually active before their election as pope , and others were accused of being sexually active during their papacies. A number had offspring. The Second Lateran Council made the promise to remain celibate a prerequisite to ordination, abolishing the married priesthood. Sexual relationships were generally undertaken therefore outside the bond of matrimony and each sexual act thus committed is considered a mortal sin by the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis , elected in , has repeatedly spoken about the need for the Catholic Church to welcome and love all people regardless of sexual orientation. Speaking about gay people in , he said, "the key is for the church to welcome, not exclude and show mercy, not condemnation. We must be brothers. In , Pope Francis reiterated that Catholic teaching states that homosexual tendencies "are not a sin. Before he became pope and while serving as Archbishop of Buenos Aires , Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio reportedly privately urged his fellow Argentine bishops in to signal the Church's public support for civil unions, as a compromise response to calls for same-sex marriage.