Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Pope Disappoints Liberals, Opposes 'Gay Adoption'

Suddenly the liberal media's "person of the year," Pope Francis, has silenced their wagging tongues by instructing Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to vehemently oppose the legalization of homosexual unions and/or adoption on the Mediterranean island nation.

For background, read Liberal Media Say Pope Francis OKs Gay & Women Priests as well as Pope Removes Democrat Party Antagonist, Media Crow

UPDATE 3/6/14: Again, Media Report Pope Open to Homosexual Civil Unions

In addition, read Pope Francis Says Gay Agenda is Work of the Devil and also read Pope Francis Cracks Down on American Liberal Nuns, Priests

-- From "Report: Pope Francis ‘Shocked’ by Same-Sex Adoption Proposal" by Noah Rayman, Time Magazine 12/30/13

Pope Francis, who ascended to the Papacy in March, has drawn attention for a reformist platform that includes a softer tone on issues like homosexuality. He was was named TIME’s Person of the Year this month and was on the cover of leading LGBT magazine The Advocate.

“Francis signals great change while giving the same answers to the uncomfortable questions,” TIME wrote in naming Pope Francis the Person of the Year.

But the Pope still opposes same-sex marriage and gay adoption . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pope Francis 'shocked' by gay adoption. Will Time take back its Person of the Year award?" by Damian Thompson, UK Telegraph 12/29/13

. . . Bishop Scicluna met Pope Francis on December 12. The bishop later told the Times of Malta: “We discussed many aspects… and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to adopt] he encouraged me to speak out."

What we can say, I think, is that the media read far too much into the Pope's "who am I to judge?" comment about gay Christians in his impromptu interview on the way back from Rio. If Time magazine gave Francis its Person of the Year on the basis of his relaxed attitude to homosexuality, it should have done its homework more thoroughly.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pope Francis was ‘shocked’ by civil unions/gay adoption bill, urged me to fight it: Malta bishop" by Patrick B. Craine, 12/31/13

Bishop Charles Scicluna, who is being criticized in the media for defending traditional marriage in his Christmas homily last week, said the pope told him at a meeting December 12th to be vocal in opposing the Civil Unions Bill. The bill is currently being considered by the Maltese legislature and would give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples, including adoption.

The mainstream media has widely reported that the pope is softening the Church’s stand on homosexuality, basing the claim on a remark he gave on the plane home from World Youth Day in July.

Bishop Scicluna says the pope reiterated his opposition to homosexual adoption when he informed the pontiff that his critics were quoting Francis’ remarks.

“I said Holy Father they’re quoting you now, and not as Cardinal Bergoglio from 2010,” the bishop said. “But he reiterated that gay adoptions are ‘un rigresso antropologico’ [an anthropological regression]... I have to say the Pope himself was quite shocked.”

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From "Bishop: Pope ‘Shocked’ By Gay Adoption, ‘Encouraged Me to Speak Out’" by Michael W. Chapman, 12/30/13

In his Christmas Day homily, [Bishop Scicluna] had said . . .

“God, who generated his Son as a human being without the participation of a man, did not want his Son as man to be brought up without the participation of a man. The silent and essential mission of Joseph was to ensure that the boy Jesus, in his upbringing as a man, was not deprived of a father’s affection and example.

“In the upbringing of his Beloved Son, God himself ordained and chose to be subjected to the wisdom and law of creation according to which a baby should be reared by a mother and father, by a couple made of a man and a woman and not by a couple made of woman and woman or a couple made of man and man.”

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UPDATED 12/31/13: From "It's official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican" by Philip Pullella, Reuters

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after . . . Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Catholic Supreme Court Justice Decides Satan vs. God as well as Exorcism for Illinois Catholic Governor's Homosexual Sin