Father Peter Kohlgraf, the appointed bishop of Mainz, Germany, was asked by the daily Mainzer Allgemeinen Zeitungwhether homosexuality is a sin. His answer, “The Catholic Church has never claimed that.”
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines homosexuality as the tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex or as sexual activity with another of the same sex. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls this "acts of grave depravity", which "under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2357).
Kohlgraf will be consecrated a bishop on August 27.