Now that a new pope has emerged from the conclave, gay Catholics around the world are wondering, will Pope Francis attempt to move the church in a new, more progressive, direction? Or will he continue the path set by his predecessor?
If Cardinal Bergoglio’s own words are any indication it looks as though there will be no shift in the church’s position on homosexuality. While serving in Argentina Bergoglio strongly opposed legislation on same-sex marriage and claimed that gay couples adopting was a form of discrimination against children, a stance Argentina president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said reminded her of “medieval times and the Inquisition.”
Regarding the marriage equality legislation he wrote, “At stake are the lives of many children who are discriminated against in advance by depriving them of human growth that God wanted to given with a father and a mother. At stake is a total rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts as well.” He added, “we are not naive: it is not just a political struggle is a destructive attempt to God’s plan. It is not just a bill (this is only the instrument) but a ‘move’ from the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
Below is a statement released by the Human Rights Campaign:
“We congratulate Pope Francis in his new position as leader for the Roman Catholic Church. As Pope, he has enormous power to be a source of spiritual healing for millions around the world. But for him to be the best kind of spiritual leader, he must acknowledge the signs of the times and embrace LGBT people as worthy of dignity and respect. American lay Catholics are fully supportive of equality, even more so than the broader population. The new Pope should follow the virtuous lead of his flock.
“We hope the new Pope understands the time for religious-based bigotry is not only over, but must be denounced. Demonizing LGBT people and their families from this powerful platform not only fails to keep faith with the most charitable principles of Catholic teachings and the Jesuit tradition of caring for the marginalized, but it does real psychological damage to millions of LGBT people around the world.”
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