The affirmation of the ban comes in a new Vatican document — even though it's widely acknowledged that there are many gay priests in the church.
“Today, in schools they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender,” the pope says, none too pleased.
It's one of several restrictions Archbishop Charles Chaput has issued concerning parishioners in "irregular" relationships — and he may try to spread these instructions around the nation.
The emeritus pope, known for much anti-LGBT rhetoric, makes this assertion in his soon-to-be-published memoir.
The Cardinal condemned homosexuality and transgender bathroom accommodations before religious leaders and congregants.
Italy has been a major exception among Western nations in its lack of recognition for same-sex couples.
In his much-anticipated document on marriage, family, and sexuality, the pope doesn't move an inch on same-sex relationships or other LGBT issues.