Over at DaTech Guy, Roxanne examines the Pope's comments - and the media twisting of the intent.
In his interview, the Holy Father explains that the first order is salvation, and other moral teachings will flow from that. Pope Francis also explained that confessors must guide their sheep to salvation by neither being too permissive nor too removed from the sins plaguing their flock. In doing so, the Holy Father implicitly reiterates that these are sins, not merely equally acceptable lifestyle choices.
My only issue is that Pope Francis’ remarks are so easily misconstrued by the media. I don’t expect the Vatican to run itself around the neuroses of American media, but that is hardly an excuse for conducting itself in a way that plays into its hands.