Okay it was in a supposedly private conversation but when the Pope speaks surely he speaks for the Catholic church and what with all the cases of Priest molestation being reported maybe that had something to do with his remark.
Disclaimer - I'm not Roman Catholic, even though I did attend a Catholic High School so I became acquainted with Roman Catholicism early.
Okay there were many Catholics distraught and upset over Pope Francis declaring, again in a private conversation with an Atheist friend, that there is no hell or that the atheist friend would not risk hell for his beliefs. Now, again in a private conversation with a Gay man is reported to have told him "it's okay to be Gay because G-d made him that way". I'm wondering how the Vatican is going to play this one off? I'm also wondering if there are many Roman Catholic folks that are concerned about what things the Pope is saying and just what he believes?
I don't go around listening to what the Pope says and unless it makes the news then I doubt I would hear it but sometimes I get the idea that this Pope considers "Man Made" Global warming more a sin than many of the sins recorded in Scriptures. Now I'm wondering what is the Pope's justification (from Scripture) for believing that it's ok to be Gay? I know it's not from the first chapter of Romans (Romans 1) or from the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah so maybe it's in one of the books that the Catholic Bible has that the Protestant Bible doesn't.
If Pope Francis isn't careful there's likely to be another Martin Luther pop up and pen some more arguments to the Vatican's door/wall.