Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known professionally as Hozier, says Pope Francis offers “lip service” to the gay community.

Appearing on Larry King Now, Hozier sat down with guest host Kelly Osbourne to discuss the Catholic Church's impact on his single Take Me To Church.

The video for the single depicts a violent attack on a gay man in Russia.

“The pope came here last year and said, 'who am I to judge with regards to somebody's sexual orientation?' I think it is important to differentiate between lip service toward something and actually making change,” Hozier said. “I think it is hopeful, but saying this in 2015, 'Who am I to judge,' is something that should have been said 100 years ago.”

“[The Catholic Church] is undeniably an organization that has institutionalized an aversion to homosexuality and an irrational one, too. It's one that has institutionalized gender inequality, dangerous policies over contraception and in this case it still harbors an irrational aversion to homosexuality.”

“I saw it as a human rights thing, a very kind of cut and dry human issue. For me it just didn’t sit right increasingly so and after following what was going on in Russia, I had an opportunity to shed some light on that,” he said of the video for Take Me To Church. “What’s frightening about Russia is that it’s not that far from home.”

Hozier added that he was “very proud” of Ireland for being the first nation in the world to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples through a popular vote.