The God of the Liberal Media and the Atheists’ Favorite Christian, Pope Francis, is finally revealing his true colors in ways that can even be seen by people who have preemptively praised his alleged views for over a year now. Earlier this week he condemned insults against religion as being beyond the limits of free speech, and today he has condemned same-sex marriage and contraception.
This post will simply be a brief citation of some of his remarks as reported by news media today.
In points he’s made before in other settings, Pope Francis on Friday criticized what he called the “ideological colonization of the family,” language that many took as a reference to gay marriage, and also defended a previous pope who upheld the Church’s ban on contraception.
The man/woman nature of marriage, he said, is “an anthropological fact … that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history.” (Source: cruxnow.com)
“The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” Francis said at a Mass in Manila. “These realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces, which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation.”
He also praised strongly Pope Paul VI’s controversial 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, or On Human Life. “He had the strength to defend openness to life at a time when many people were worried about population growth,” Francis said of the former pope. (Source: MSNBC)
In fact, Pope Francis’s opposition to same-sex marriage is actually old news. This article from 2010 describes comments from Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio):
In what is expected to be a fierce discussion, Argentina’s Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill allowing gay people to wed. The proposed law has increased frictions between the Roman Catholic Church and the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, which is pushing the bill.
The war of words continued on Tuesday as church leaders staged large protests around the country against the proposed law. On Sunday, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, had declared it a “destructive attack on God’s plan.” (Source: NY Times)
And from 2013, in relation to the same events:
In 2010, Francis championed against a bill for same-sex marriage and gay adoption, according to the National Catholic Register.
“[T]he Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family,” he wrote to the four monasteries in Argentina. “At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
He went on to describe it as a “‘move’ of the Father of Lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God” and asked for lawmakers to “not act in error.” In John 8:44, the Father of Lies is the devil. (Source: Huffington Post)
As noted by the Huffington Post:
“The United States this past June did something that the Catholic Church and the Vatican have for years railed against: granted marriage equality to its gay and lesbian citizens. Yet, Pope Francis had nothing to say about it. Not then and not now”.
If Pope Francis was really the revolutionary proponent of gay rights and same-sex marriage changing up the Catholic Church’s long-held doctrines, and whose job it is to convey his moral ideals to the public, you’d think he would have made some comment about this event.
(Note: I do agree with the HuffPo article though, that in his September address to Congress, Francis “sounds more like someone promoting social programs to help the poor and stop gun-violence than someone trying to end same-sex marriage.” But in regard to his views that do pertain to same-sex marriage, he is obviously not yet in favor)
Pope Francis said that government workers can claim conscientious objection and deny marriage licenses to gay couples if they choose:
“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscience objection,” the pope told reporters on the plane. “But, yes, I can say the conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right.” …. When asked specifically if he was including government workers in his response, Pope Francis responded: “It is a human right and if a government official is a human person, he has that right. It is a human right.” (Source: Washington Post)
But what Francis doesn’t understand is that a government worker is not like a military draftee who can claim conscientious objection to duties they are asked to perform, because she took that job of her own free will, unlike a draft which is involuntary. So her right to live by her conscience can be exercised by simply leaving a job where the duties would require her to act against her religious beliefs.
So why would someone hold Francis’s irrational position on this issue if not for bias from his religious doctrine which opposes same sex relationships?