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Papal Repentance? No, Not Yet…
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 30, 2016) Pope Francis has asked Christians to treat homosexuals with tolerance and even to forgive them. On the other hand, the spiritual leader of the Catholics declared on June 26, 2016 that his church has no intentions whatsoever to become gay-friendlier.
Pope Francis repeated that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against but respected and given pastoral attendance.” The Pope repeated what he had already declared in mid-2013:
“When a person lives in this condition but is of good will and looking for God, who are we to condemn them?”
This time, Francis asks Christians to go even further and to ask homosexuals for forgiveness. Not just homosexuals but also “the poor, mistreated women as well as, children subjected to forced labor.
The remainder of the message has not changed. Francis confirmed that the Catholic church will not bless same-sex couples. Homosexuals are wrong in holding “too offensive demonstrations shocking people with “other mentalities.”
Comment: It would be quite naïve trying to find even the smallest progress in this interview given recently to journalists on a plane.
The official stance of the Church has not progressed over the last three years – one may even ask whether it is not a regression. These appeasing words came after the Orlando shooting, when the Pope could not show a very reactionary position. However, when you read between the lines, you can see that this is exactly what he did.
When “a person lives in this condition but is of good will and looking for God?” Quite obviously, this is a reference to the Parable of the Lost Sheep that lost its way and no longer follows the “right way” of Christianity.
Just like the other Universal Churches and in hegemonic grandiosity, Christianity only knows one path: Its own. Crossings, one-way streets, dead-ends, parallel roads and detours have no value.
What an expression of disesteem and condescendence.
But that’s not all. Homosexuals living “in this conditions” are compared to “the poor, mistreated women and children subjected to forced labor.”
This is complete nonsense of course. Following this ideology, people are punished with poverty, women are burdened with mistreatment and children with forced labor because no one is born poor, mistreated or in forced labor – so it must be peoples’ own fault. However, people are indeed born as gays, lesbians or bisexuals – a fact that the Pope would never recognize of course.
“Too offensive demonstrations” clearly refers to the Gay Pride parades.
Women demonstrating for equal rights, blacks claiming their place in society and national minorities asking respect for their culture – the Catholic church finally supports all of this (after a long time of denial).
However, this so loving god seemingly cannot tolerate gays and lesbians who want to be recognized and claim their right to marry, raise children and have a family.
This is exactly what homophobia is, and that is exactly why Pope Francis is not any better than his predecessors.
Frank-S / MensGo
(Via daily-press articles of June 27, 2016)