Pope Francis has once again made it clear the Catholic Church is not supportive of same-sex parenting.
“It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family,” but “the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the only one,” Francis said in unscripted remarks on Saturday at Vatican City, IOL News reports.
While Francis does not believe gay parents can form real families, he offered praise for those heterosexual married couples who have affairs but stay together, praising what he called “the sanctity that forgives all out of love.”
Additionally, he condemned the abortion of even seriously ill fetuses, comparing the practice to Nazi eugenics programs.
“In the last century, the entire world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to ensure the purity of the race. Today we do the same, but with white gloves,” he said.
The anti-gay comments echo those the Pope made at Vatican City the previous weekend as well, on June 10, one day after the Rome Pride parade.
Calling gender difference “an integral part of being human,” he said observing the love that grows out of that difference was key to the development of children.
“Children mature seeing their father and mother like this; their identity matures being confronted with the love their father and mother have, confronted with this difference,” he claimed, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
In addition to not wanting gay people raising children, the Pope also apparently does not want them in the priesthood, as he reportedly told bishops to keep them out in a closed-door meeting.
Francis did recently received some praise from progressives after a gay victim of clerical sex abuse said the Pope told him he was made that way, and that he was loved by both he and God.