The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said that it is disappointed by the Pope's document on love and the family, calling it a missed opportunity to tackle homophobia.
Pope Francis published Amoris Laetitia (or ‘The Joy of Love’) this morning, in which he repeated the Catholic Church's teaching that gay partnerships are not the same as traditional marriage.
Kieran Rose, the co-chair of GLEN, said it was a shame that the pontiff wasn't more inclusive.
“It was billed as something that was going to be very progressive, but basically the only progressive thing, as far as I can see, in the statement is a call for compassion for LGBT people,” he said.
“To be very honest with you, I think me and every other single LGBT person are far more interested in equality and full human rights than in somebody’s compassion.”
He added: "This is a missed the opportunity to reflect and embrace the very positive changes in attitudes towards lesbian and gay people that have come about over the last 20 years in Ireland and across many parts of the world.
"The Pope, as the leader of the institutional Catholic church, could have dismantled a key element of the ‘architecture of homophobia’ which comes from the Church’s teachings on LGBT people.
"Most gay and lesbian people and their loving relationships are fully included within their wider family and community circles in Ireland. It is disappointing that the institutional Catholic church continue to say to lesbian and gay people, and to their parents and families, that they are not fully welcome."