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Pope calls homosexuality a “mental illness”

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Pope Francis told parents of gay children to look for psychiatric help and have a dialogue with them during a press conference on his flight from Dublin to Rome.

“Don’t condemn. Dialogue. Understand, give the child space so he or she can express themselves,” Francis told reporters, according to the Associated Press. “Ignoring a child with this tendency shows a lack of motherhood and fatherhood. This child has the right to a family. And the family not throwing him out. https://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-urges-parents-gay-children-pray-seek-psychiatric-help-1091314
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Pope Francis, who has clearly earned a reputation as a modernizer, has been met with criticism. Some critics have accused him of failing to turn words into actions, given the Catholic Church’s poor record on LGBT+ rights across the globe.
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Should homosexuality really be considered a mental illness?
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The definition of"mental illness" that is emerging in the mental health field today focuses on whether a behavior pattern is dysfunctional or not. If someone is not having a problem getting along in the world, then there is no illness.
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Is it abnormal? Without a doubt. But so is red hair. Homosexuals are not hurting anybody so just let them be!
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For the longest time it was considered a mental illness. Being a homosexual, I'm not entirely convinced it is not. However, an illness is something that causes disease. It can genetic or caught. Homosexuality does not fall into this category
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It is a complex topic, but it is not a mental illness. Therapy is generally not helpful and often harmful when the goal is change of preference.
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Homosexuality is a variant of heterosexuality. You can say it the other way, too: heterosexuality is a variant of homosexuality. It is limiting and probably wrong to label one the"normal" way and the other the"abnormal" way.
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As long as the cause, nature of homosexuality is not known, no one can say that homosexuality is a mental illness.
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Yes it is
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I have yet to find a single reason as to how one’s sexual preference affects another human being. Because it doesn't.
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No it is not a mental illness, but sadly it was considered a mental illness till quite recently
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No, they're not mental illnesses. Homosexual behavior has been recorded in other species of animals such as birds and dogs.
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Being gay or being transgender in no way is harmful to themselves or anyone else (no, surgery and hormones aren't harmful, as they are proven to greatly decrease body dysphoria and suicide in transgender people). The only thing that's harmful about being gay or transgender is discrimination.
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Illness is defined as

1 a : wickedness

b : unpleasantness

2 a : an unhealthy condition of body or mind

b : sickness

Homosexuality is neither. It's not unhealthy. You don't suffer biological consequences from being homosexual.
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You have to understand that there is no hard, universal mechanism that tells us what is and is not a mental disorder/disease/illness. It is a human-made category to help us interact appropriately with each other.
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