Say what you will about Pope Francis, the guy sure does know how to work the media. Take, for instance, his remark on Monday that the church owes gay people an apology. It’s just the kind of vague, feel-good rhetoric at which the pope excels, leading the media to present him as a liberal, and progressives to embrace him as one of their own.
By Adele M. Stan | AlterNet
Except he’s not. He can apologize all he wants; it does nothing to to change church teaching on queer folk that describe us as “objectively disordered” and practitioners of a kind of love that is “intrinsically evil.” He’s made it clear he does not accept same-sex marriage as legitimate. He’s yet to censure individual bishops, such as Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus López Rodriguez, who referred to the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic as a faggot, or others in his charge who wage jihad against gays.
During a visit to Uganda, he had nothing to say about that nation’s proposed legislation that carries a penalty of life imprisonment for the crime of being non-heterosexual. We’re still waiting for him to condemn the firings of gay and lesbian teachers at Catholic schools for exercising their constitutional right to marriage. He’s stood by as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wages a bogus “religious liberty” campaign aimed at depriving LGBT people and women of all sexual orientation of their rights. In short, the pope’s professed contrition is a sham.
The topic of the church’s anti-LGBT history came up at a press availability on the papal plane, during which a reporter asked for the pope’s response to remarks by Cardinal Reinhold Marx, one of the pope’s advisers, who told a conference in Ireland: “The history of homosexuals in our societies is very bad because we’ve done a lot to marginalize [them].”