Pope Francis told a group of parents of LGBTQ children last week that God “loves your children as they are” and that the Catholic Church feels the same “because they are children of God.”

What’s more important is what the pope didn’t say.

The Catholic Church believes it’s not a sin to be gay, but it’s a sin to act on it. That means the only type of gay or lesbian person it approves of is celibate and never married.

Treating us with respect and dignity, as Pope Francis does, is honestly the bare minimum he could do

Prior to being the pope he said that same-sex adoption was a form of discrimination against children. In 2010, he urged religious leaders to pray against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Argentina because it would “seriously damage the family.”

He stands behind the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which says homosexual acts are “intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law” and believes homosexual “tendencies” are “objectively disordered.”

Period.