The following comes from a July 29 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Comments made by Pope Francis in his first press conference were widely regarded as conciliatory toward gays. But Bishop Robert Vasa of the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese said Monday that the Pope’s words were in line with existing Catholic teachings, which call for compassion for gays, reject discrimination but consider homosexuality a disorder.
While en route back from a trip to Brazil, Pope Francis engaged in a candid, 82-minute press conference with reporters aboard the papal aircraft. The pope responded to a number of questions, ranging from gay priests to the role of women in the church to financial scandals involving the Vatican bank.