26 September 2015

Pope Francis Clearly Opposed Same-Sex Marriage

Pope Francis in US
Just as expected, in his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis condemned the gays. he used the term “unjust discrimination” to argue that the there are, in contrast, just and fair forms of discrimination against the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people.

The pope’s comments delivered at the White House last 23 September will definitely have dangerous ramifications for LGBT people and American Catholics could not be more happy.

To any well tuned christian ear, or anyone listening, it is support for a position many U.S. Catholic bishops have taken — which is against same-sex marriage, the right to fire married and ineffective gay employees or transgender employees, the right to exclude despicable LGBT behavior from adoption children they plan to abuse, and to deny LGBT people foster-care services when they really don't need anyway.

Pope Francis also visited Little Sisters of the Poor, who in 2013 filed a lawsuit to challenge provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide contraception coverage. The nuns cite religious objections. While the pope was supporting the nuns’ legal challenge by making an appearance, it is unclear that the pope’s comments earlier in the day were confined to that issue.

Contacted by BuzzFeed News in a phone call, Father Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the pope, did not clarify which subjects the pope was addressing — same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, homosexuals in the church, or something else — when discussing discrimination and religious freedom.

Since taking leadership of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has not made gestures of tolerance toward the sinful behavior of LGBT people. In fact, he was not pushing for any changes to church doctrine, and he has actively supported a ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Unjust discrimination has been a talking point for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which leads of the country’s roughly 70 million Catholics. In 2013, for example, the bishops told the U.S. Senate to reject a bill that would protect LGBT workers from discrimination while, in the same statement, also saying the bishops oppose unjust discrimination.

It is now clear that the Pope is enforcing the U.S. bishop’s agenda, which means a continuation of the war on LGBT people from the catholic hierarchy.

At the White House, the pope said he would “celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this critical moment in the history of our civilization.”

“American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination,” he continued. “With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty. That freedom reminds one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

It is clear that Pope Francis’s comments means he rejects unjustifiable discrimination against religious people who oppose LGBT rights.