The following comments are courtesy Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
While his meaning seems clear, out of charity, we kindly beg His Excellency for a clarification: is the archbishop speaking of celibate homosexuals, or practicing homosexuals - that is, plain sodomy, as still defined by statute in many jurisdictions? What, exactly, is he defending?
From Catholic News Service:
"While the church opposes recognizing gay unions as 'marriage,' he said, it affirms the full dignity of homosexual men and women. 'If a country outlawed homosexuality, I would work to overturn it,' he said, adding that he believed there are still '20 or 25 countries' that define homosexuality as a crime."