Pope Francis has suggested parents seek psychiatric assistance for children who display homosexual tendencies, during a press conference on his plane returning him to Rome from Ireland.
A journalist aboard asked the papal on Sunday what he would say to parents who acknowledge homosexual traits in their offspring.
“I would say first of all pray,” the Pope replied.
Parents must also consider the age of their child, he stated.
“There have always been gay people and people with homosexual tendencies.
“When it shows itself from childhood, there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry, to see how things are. It is something else if it shows itself after 20 years.”
The pontiff stressed that parents should not react with “silence”.
“Ignoring a son or daughter who has homosexual tendencies is an error of fatherhood or motherhood. This tendency shows a lack of parenting.
“This child has the right to a family. And the family not throwing him/her out.
“Don’t condemn. Dialogue. Understand, give the child space so he or she can express themselves.”
Francis said it may be necessary to seek psychiatric aid if a child starts to exhibit “worrisome” traits, however it’s another thing if an adult comes out as gay.
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