Monday, July 29, 2013


A news flash from RT Today:  

"Pope Francis ‘won’t judge gay priests’

Pope Francis said he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, speaking Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” AP quoted Francis as saying. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, authored a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests."

Could someone well versed in moral theology, and not one prone to mental gymnastics, please explain what that is supposed to mean?  Is this another of those famous off-the-cuff poorly worded blurts of Pope Francis, or is he saying something definite here?   With him it is very hard to know.

The extremely tiresome "don't be judgmental" cliche comes to mind when hearing these words the Pope is supposed to have said.  Did the Pope mention mortal sin?  No.  Did he mention Confession or Penance?  No.  Did he mention what the sin is that cries to Heaven for vengeance?  No.  Read those remarks again very slowly and very carefully and without exasperation.  What is he saying?

First of all, Francis apparently accepts the ludicrous notion that someone can be born with the homosexual perversion, as if God made him that way.  Is that what he thinks if he uses such phrasing as "If someone is gay..."

Secondly the Holy Father seems to be quite comfortable using the perfectly innocent word "gay" to describe the most unspeakable of sexual deviance.  That tells us many, many things.

"Who am I to judge?"  Well, dear Holy Father if you are incapable of determining the difference between right and wrong and are perfectly comfortable with sodomites going on their merry way to eternal damnation then perhaps, with all due respect, you need to find a new line of work to be in.


Elizabeth said...

This is astonishing! I read this article right after having read on the AP an article entitled: "Pope says he won't judge gay priests", at this link:

The article is equally astonishing as this one about the Traditional Mass and the FFI. One of his quotes to reporters on the airplane home from Brazil....."If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" I'm speechless and stunned.

Aged parent said...

I am speechless too, Elizabeth.

Anonymous said...

So here we are. Who is he to judge?
Back to Mr. Cullen speaking of feeling like motherless children.
Perhaps more appropriately the expression now is fatherless children. Pope Francis refers always to himself as (B) bishop of Rome and I believe always sign as.
Seems the Conclave was quick seemingly surprisingly but in fact
probably not. What things does Pope Francis see as serious and of serious concern? Does he not believe the studies that have determined that the very highest sexual abuse in the Church are of
the homosexual nature? Does he not
see a serious problem that the number of homosexual Catholic clergy
is proportionally higher than in the general population? Does he not see "The Gay Lobby" as very dangerous in a number of ways?

Anonymous said...

I thought the Pope had advised the French bishops to stand against the homosex marriage law. It seems he didn't say anything about celibacy in his remark today. Today he was smiling while remarking and received applaud from the press.

aly said...

This seems to be this Pope's philosophy, otherwise and Religious. If you're nice, you're good.

Anonymous said...

Nope, His Holiness doesn't need to judge. He has the rabid haters of this ugly blog to do so.
Go Francis!! Continue to walk in Jesus's path.

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