Because you can be that and still condemn the homosexual lifestyle as disordered and sinful.
Fr. Jonathan Morris puts is straight (no pun intended):
In its entirely, the press conference on the pope’s plane traveling from Brazil back to the Vatican was fascinating.
But, unfortunately, if you were reading the headlines from some media outlets, you would have learned just one thing. As the Huffington Post put it: “Breakthrough: Pope OK with Gays.”
This is the worst coverage of a religious story I have seen to date.
Let’s begin with the fact that the pope has always been “OK” with homosexuals. In fact, by the demands of his own religion he is required to be much more than just “OK.” The Christian faith teaches that every person is endowed by God with an inviolable dignity and therefore deserves our unconditional respect and love.
A section of an Associated Press report also got the story very wrong. Summarizing the pope’s comments on homosexuals in the priesthood, the AP reported: “Francis was much more conciliatory [than Pope Benedict], saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.”
Pope Francis didn’t say that, and the report is wrong on so many levels.
First of all, it suggests that being gay itself, is a sin. What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Trust the media to not so much get it wrong, as to spin it purposely the way they want it.
Now, it was suggested to me by a friend who also wears a Roman collar that Pope Francis needs to be more judicious in his choice of words because he is setting himself up for the press to misquote him. As Vicar of Christ - yeah, you should judge, but not condemn (I don't know in what language this interview was conducted).
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said in 2005 that homosexuality is "a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil" and that men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” should not become priests.
Indeed, they should not. And no one in the press is adding that the question directed at Pope Francis was about gay priests living a celibate life. Important qualifier ignored by the press.
Look at the language in the opening of today's blog post in the New York Times:
For generations, homosexuality has largely been a taboo topic for the Vatican, ignored altogether or treated as “an intrinsic moral evil,” in the words of the previous pope.
"Taboo" here does not mean forbidden. "Taboo" is this blog writer's pout that the Church has not accepted homosexuality as a good, appropriate, and loving lifestyle. It has not been ignored by the Vatican - it just has not been supported in the way that the zeitgeist of The New York Times demands, along with things like married priests and women priests (and, if I may extrapolate, married lesbian priests).
So a pope shows love and compassion for gays of all natures, celibate or not, suddenly that makes it "OK" for sodomites to run rampant in the churches? Man, you think a lot of reporters would have some bad muscle strains, making all these leaps of logic.
This is what Pope Emeritus Benedict said:
"The candidate to the ordained ministry, therefore, must reach affective maturity. Such maturity will allow him to relate correctly to both men and women, developing in him a true sense of spiritual fatherhood towards the Church community that will be entrusted to him.
"Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter.
"In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture.'
"Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies."