Today, Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia to lead the World Meeting of Families. Before leaving for this trip to Cuba and the US, he said, “The family, as God wants it, composed of a man and a woman for the good of the spouses … is deformed by powerful contrary projects.”
The Catechism states that homosexual acts are a “grave depravity.” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, later Pope Benedict XVI – added in 1997 that even the homosexual “inclination” is “objectively disordered.”
So Pope Francis can change this anytime he wants, but he won’t.
The pope said in February 2015, “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory that does not recognize the order of creation.”
“The ‘gender theory’ Francis is denigrating is the medically and anthropologically supported concept that gender is a construct imposed by society. It is commonly cited in defense of transgender rights, since it shows gender can vary despite society’s expectations.”
Shortly after he became pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio said “Who am I to judge” in defense of his appointment of Msgr. Battista Ricca as his watchdog at the Vatican Bank. Ricca had been outed for making a public display of his relationship with another male. The pope was responding to the question: “I would like to know, Holiness, what do you intend to do about this question of Msgr. Ricca and of the news of his private life?” No further questions were allowed.
Nevertheless, in this year alone:
Same-sex marriage “threatens to disfigure God’s plan,” the pope said. “The movement in many countries to accept same-sex marriage is an ‘ideological colonization that we have to be careful about that is trying to destroy the family,’” he continued.
After telling reporters about a public service officer who, in order to receive a loan to build schools, had to include a book on “gender theory” in her curriculum, the pope said: “Clever girl, she said ‘yes.’ And, as a result the goal of the financiers was achieved. This is ideological colonization.” (emphasis mine)
The pope urged Slovaks to ban same-sex marriage.
Members of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith appointed by Pope Francis said this month that it is “impossible to allow” a person with transsexual behavior to be a baptismal godparent because such behavior “reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”
Pope Francis refused to confirm France’s new ambassador to the Holy See, an openly gay veteran diplomat.
While the pope removed the “Bishop of Bling,” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, for his extravagance, the pope has never openly disagreed with, contradicted, reprimanded or removed the following prelates for saying the following during his reign:
A Swiss bishop “quoted Bible verses calling for gay people to be killed and said the passage made clear what Church policy was on homosexuality.”
Following the Supreme Court decision that gays have the right to marry, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said it was “profoundly immoral and unjust.”
A cardinal in Lima, Peru, called same-sex marriage “imperialism, colonialism … History will judge whether we are bequeathing ‘a better world or a really sad world,’ he added, recalling that history has made judgments in the cases of the Nazi regime and Islamic terrorism.”
Pope Francis elevated a Spanish bishop to cardinal who had described homosexuality as a “defect” that can be corrected with treatment.
An Irish bishop said that homosexuality – like Down’s syndrome or spina bifida – was not part of God’s plan, and that same-sex couples with children were “not necessarily parents.”
The pope’s secretary of state called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a “defeat for humanity.”
The archbishop of Monrovia declared Ebola to be a punishment from God for the act of homosexuality.
A Ugandan bishop praised “praised the Members of Parliament for the Anti-Homosexuality Act that provides life in prison for gay people in Uganda … a law which institutionalizes homophobia and affirms the persecution of LGBTI people. The bishop called for a blessing for Uganda’s Christians who worked so hard to ‘free the land of gays.’ The bishop also asked for parents to hand over their gay children to authorities, so they would be rewarded in heaven.”
“In January 2014, Nigeria adopted a law criminalizing homosexuality, and the country’s bishops called the move a ‘courageous act.’ One archbishop praised the Nigerian president for not caving in to international blowback, warning of a ‘conspiracy of the developed world to make our country and continent the dumping ground for the promotion of immoral practices.’”
Religion News Service September 25, 2015
PHILADELPHIA — Homosexuality was such a combustible topic at the World Meeting of Families, a four-day Catholic gathering under way here, that it was doused twice.
First, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput earlier this month barred LGBT Catholics from holding a workshop at a Catholic parish near the event.
It moved to a local United Methodist Church instead and is operating simultaneously, but with vastly smaller numbers than the 17,000 people on hand for the main event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Then, just as the single session on homosexuality at this Vatican-approved meeting of Catholic families was to begin on Thursday afternoon, a conference official took the stage in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and announced the location had been moved.
Thousands of people got up and made their way up one floor to another room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away, the doors shut on them by convention center officials citing fire code regulations.
So let us continue to hold up in our prayers and good wishes the millions of victims of discrimination against the LGBT community, past and present, those who have been imprisoned, and especially the family and friends of those who have committed suicide or have been killed.
We can also remember the hundreds of thousands of victims of Church sex abuse, especially the family and friends of those who committed suicide, as well as the family and friends of the 47,000 women who die annually from complications of unsafe abortion. Let us mourn the 150,000 maternal deaths, 640,000 newborn deaths and 600,000 motherless children, annually, for lack of access to birth control and remember the deaths of 100,000 Native Californians who died in Fr. Junipero Serra‘s missions.
For far too many, the celebration of this pope has been a trial.
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