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?
I realize that Jesus reached out to prostitutes and sinners. I realize that he went after the Pharisees and Scribes. I get that. I understand that Christians are never perfect and can do with the occasional kick in the pants. But Pope Francis is not Jesus. The Catholic Church is not the Sanhedrin and Catholics are not just a bunch of Scribes and Pharisees. And the forces arrayed against the Church today, using all powers and abilities to assault the Church, lead astray its followers, and assail the fundamental truths of the Gospel, are not the woman caught in adultery.
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.
Hattip to commenter Phillip. Further proof that there are some very sick puppies among the powers that be currently at the Vatican:
In a bizarre sequence of events, the German edition of Vatican Radio published a cover photo of two lesbians kissing, with the caption: “Church’s sexual morality is in motion,” only to be removed, then reposted, then removed again.
Veteran Vatican reporter Edward Pentin, who spotted the picture, tweeted that Vatican Radio had opted for a “remarkable choice of photo” in posting the two women kissing.
The Canadian Voxcantoris site, a conservative Catholic blog that follows Church abuses, managed to capture a screen shot of the image before it was taken down, and noted that a year ago a German Bishop, Stephen Ackermann, made comments on Vatican Radio that were similarly accompanied by a photo of two homosexual men kissing in front of a rainbow flag.
The German edition of Vatican Radio is reputed to be among the more heterodox of the language editions, following the trends among the German episcopal hierarchy. Continue Reading
Pat Archbold at Creative Minority Report gives us the news that the Lavender Mafia is alive and well at the Vatican:
Number one. From Radio Vaticana. “The Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, criticizes offers to “heal” homosexuality. There is no official church support for such initiatives, Ackermann said on Wednesday evening in Saarbrücken….Ackermann expressed at the Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD) Saar organized public discussion, attended by around 100 people took part. The two-hour meeting was the first of its kind in Germany.”
A Bishop saying that the Church does not believe in ‘healing’ those who suffer from an intrinsic disorder which can be so destructive in the lives of people, seems at odds with Catholicism. That is not to say that all methods are created equally and that quackery should not be avoided, but if we love them we must help to heal them.
Number two. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Radio Vaticana in their report on the Bishop’s statement used this picture on the Vatican website..
Yes, this picture on the Vatican website.
If further confirmation were needed of the existence of a Lavender Mafia within the Church, homosexual clerics who promote and protect each other, the abrupt resignation of Keith Cardinal O’Brien, primate of Scotland, should provide it. After news of the Conclave broke, O’Brien was accused of homosexual predation on three priests and one former priest. Interesting that this should all break now, and more than interesting that this comes amidst rumors that Pope Benedict resigned after receiving a secret report prepared by three cardinals alleging the existence of a ring of senior homosexual clergy at the Vatican. O’Brien after the accusations arose, abruptly resigned but contested the allegations. Now he has issued an “I’m Sorry!” statement which should be translated “I’m Sorry I was caught!”. Here is the text of the statement:
“In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.
However, I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.
To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness.
To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.
I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.”
Notice the formulation: “standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.” Is this a left handed indication that his violating his vows was ongoing throughout his clerical career? Continue Reading
There are much musings in Catholic circles currently about the existence of a “Lavender Mafia” and that perhaps the resignation of the Pope is tied in with a report to the Pope by three cardinals of blackmail and corruption of homosexual clergy high in Vatican circles. Who can tell if this is true, since the Vatican has issued non-denial denials denouncing the story while carefully not dealing with the substance of it.
However, that there is a Lavender Mafia within the Church, homosexual clerics who promote and protect each other, none should question. Exhibit A for the Lavender Mafia is Rembert Weakland.
Former Archbishop of Milwaukee, he was heterodox and orthodox Catholics often wondered how he had risen so far in the hierarchy. It came out after he had resigned that he used 450,000 of Church money to pay off his male lover who revealed the story to the press anyway years later.