(State) An Iowa priest says he's suprised at the media "over-reaction" to the Pope's comments about gays earlier this week. Monsignor Frank Bognanno maintains Francis' comments do not indicate a shift in Catholic catechism.
"As far as the church is concerned, a person with homosexual tendencies is called the same level of holiness, grace, and goodness that people who don't have those tendencies are called to and because they have those tendencies, you cannot discriminate against them in any way."
Monsignor Bognanno says the Pope's comments also do not indicate any "softening" of the Catholic church's opposition to same-sex marriage.
He says everyone struggles with physical urges, whether gay or not. But, he says church doctrine still only condones sex between a man and a woman who are married to each other.