- Jan 25, 2020
The Vatican has scrubbed from the official transcript of Pope Francis’s in-flight press conference a comment that young gay children might seek psychiatric help.
According to various Italian news reports following a closed-door session with Italian bishops, Pope Francis on Monday said that men with “deeply rooted” homosexual tendencies, or who “practice homosexual acts,” shouldn’t be allowed into the seminary.
“Juan Carlos, that you are gay doesn’t matter,” Francis reportedly told clerical sexual abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz. “God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you like this, you have to be happy with who you are.”
At a memorial Mass this week for a Cameroon bishop who died under mysterious circumstances, a cleric who’s taken over as the administrator of the diocese charged that the authors of the murder were in the church, “pretending to sympathize,” and that the bishop died for standing up against gays in the priesthood.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has transferred his seminarians away from Ireland’s main seminary, St. Patrick’s College, after anonymous accusations emerged of a gay culture at the institution, and is also calling for whistle-blowers to come forward with hard evidence of misconduct.
During a recent 19-inning baseball game, an announcer exclaimed, “Wow, did that pitch have a lot of spin!” There’s a fair bit of spin on the Vatican beat too, and it beckons the thought, “What if there were play-by-play calls on papal statements?”