"When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency (to homosexuality) is not the problem ... they're our brothers."
The tendency to homosexuality is not the problem.
Unfortunately, the media often gives false impressions about popes, and creates false expectations.
CNN conveniently forgot some words:
A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will—well, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation—we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.
I think homosexuality should bar someone from the priesthood. They may not be a lobby, but they probably won`t stop people from lobbying either. Not to mention, as Pope Benedict said, that celibacy has to be a sacrifice. If women don't interest you, it's not really a sacrifice.
I find it curious that he referred to freemasonry. I feel like he just encourage that whole culture of Catholics who see freemasons under the bed.