"Who am I to judge gay people?" was interpreted by the media as "the Pope condones homosexuality". The Vatican should be savvy enough to know that message would be spread by the world's media . We can all say "the Pope did not mean that" or "the Pope wants us to be more compassionate to sinners" etc but he has made various comments that should not have been so blatantly open to misrepresentation.
Society today is normalizing what Catholics have always considered to be sins- that is a fact. I woke up to a short video by the new US Ambassador where he introduced his "husband" . That is not a normal or acceptable relationship according to Church teaching. Society thinks that is OK and increasingly so, so the Church needs to be that independent counter cultural voice that supports the Will of God. Society itself is doing such a great job at normalizing and glamorizing sin so why should there be a need for the Church join the bandwagon? It has nothing to do with being "traditional" or whatever title is assigned to Catholic but all about being true to the timeless teachings of the Church.