Pope Francis Puts The Brakes On Hating Gays, Says We Shouldn’t Judge Or Marginalize Them

Pope Francis; image@CatholicEWUK

Pope Francis; image@CatholicEWUK

Pope Francis continues to take the world by storm and he continues to be a thorn in the side of the right-wing of the Catholic Church. Despite reiterating his belief and the position of the Church that homosexual acts are sinful, the pontiff told Vatican reporters that sexual orientation is not is sin and that hate and discrimination toward gay people is unacceptable.

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Francis, who has already angered many within the Church for his support of helping the poor and healing the sick no matter what religion they practice, is once again challenging conservative Catholics. During the plane trip home to Rome from a recent visit to Brazil, the Pope made it clear that judging homosexuals and marginalizing them is wrong, Raw Story reports.

If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalized because of this (orientation) but that they must be integrated into society. The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.

The Pope’s words contradict the staunch hatred conservatives have shown toward gay people here in America. That hatred has resulted in Republican efforts to pass discriminatory laws, including one that allows employers to fire employees just for being gay.

Francis also advocated for larger roles for women within the Church, stating that “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more …” Despite this monumental statement of progress, Francis and the Church still oppose ordaining female priests, citing that Jesus only chose men to be his disciples. To that, I say if we really want to follow Jesus’ example, then the Church really shouldn’t oppose same-sex marriage since Jesus never said a word on the topic. It seems the Church is kind of cherry-picking from the Bible when they take certain positions.

Nevertheless, Pope Francis’ words move the Church farther to the left than it has been over the last few decades.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis took up not only the plight of the poor, but the plight of immigrants as well, creating a sharp contrast between Church position and those held by anti-immigrant conservatives in the United States. According to the Los Angeles Times, Pope Francis “used his first papal trip outside the Vatican to denounce the “globalization of indifference” to migrants, calling their suffering “a painful thorn in my heart.””

We have become used to the suffering of others. Has any one of us wept for these persons who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who were looking for a means of supporting their families? We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion… the church is with you in the search for a more dignified life for you and your families.

The Pope made the remarks during a visit to Lampedusa island after reading about the deaths of 12 immigrants who drowned attempting to reach the Italian island by boat. Perhaps more remarkably, the Pope made his statement despite the fact that the people who died were Muslims, another group conservatives hate with a passion. Francis has even washed the feet of Muslims and the poor. Can anyone imagine a conservative doing something similar here in the states?

But that’s not all. In June, Pope Francis took the opportunity to denounce destruction of the environment, food waste, and the obsession with profit on Environment Day, remarking that humans are not taking care of God’s creation and are instead exploiting and neglecting it in the name of profit. In other words, conservatives are wrong to put profit before people and are wrong to advocate for anti-environmental policies.

Pope Francis is definitely not the pontiff conservatives were hoping for. Unlike conservatives, Pope Francis is actually practicing some real Christian values and continues to shift his views on a variety of topics and issues the right-wing once thought were settled from their point of view. The question is, how will the right-wing react to this encouraging statement from him? Will they ignore it, denounce it or secretly hate Catholics more then they do now?