Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts ponders the Pope’s call for Catholics to apologize to gays.
And it is us. Not that there is anything wrong with the occasional sermon that looks out on the congregation and proclaims ‘thou art the man!’ You can’t spend your life pointing out the window and condemning all those sinners out there. The problem is, again, you have Pope Francis echoing that modern Catholic tendency of wanting to embrace almost everything to do with the modern, post-Christian secular progressive world view … but with Jesus.
The idea that Christians are the mischief when it comes to homosexuals is well known, and almost universally embraced, by the modern Left. Just look at Orlando and who our popular culture ended up blaming. And once again, Pope Francis steps in and echoes that same narrative, despite the fact that ten years after becoming Catholic, I have yet to hear a homily that even mentioned homosexuality. He doesn’t seem to differentiate. He simply says we Catholics must apologize.
True, he doesn’t condone homosexuality. He already has made it clear that technically the Church still teaches that homosexuality is at least not compatible with God’s vision for marriage. But apart from that, his take on the subject and the take I hear from Dr. Drew are about the same. It’s certainly nothing I won’t hear on MSNBC, CNN, or the Huffington Post; several of which were cheering and celebrating the Pope’s words this morning. I also understand that he included other groups in there as well. But let’s face it, what will the modern world focus on, thanks to his choice of words?
If Jesus praised the Roman Centurion’s faith, at no point did he stand alongside the Roman legions, look out among his imperfect disciples, and say to the Romans, “Let’s get’em!” Perhaps the reason was that to do so might have given the Romans a flawed understanding of the Kingdom. It might have presented an idea that, as long as I’m not like those sinful Jew disciples over there, I must be pretty awesome where I stand, in the pagan empire, venerating Caesar, indulging in the Roman lust for conquest. I don’t know. Just speculation on my part. I simply know there’s something off kilter about Pope Francis’ continued railing against the Church in a manner almost in lockstep with perhaps the greatest heresy to challenge the Faith since Arianism, even if technically there’s nothing wrong with what he’s saying.
As an aside. My boys asked, when they heard this, if Pope Francis was calling on Gays to forgive Catholics. I don’t know. I’ve not heard. Perhaps he has. If so, the press hasn’t reported it. If not, then I wonder why.