- Jan 27, 2020
“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.”
Pope Francis on Thursday delivered perhaps his strongest defense to date of traditional Catholic teaching on the differences between men and women, as well as a call for the equality of women as architects of a true “planetary humanism.” He was addressing the Pontifical Academy of Life for the first time since he restructured the organization earlier this year.
Although most Australian bishops are urging a “no” vote on an upcoming national plebiscite regarding gay marriage, two prelates are singing outside the chorus. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta says the vote “should be an opportunity for us to witness to our deep commitment to the ideal of Christian marriage … but it should also be an opportunity for us to listen to what the Spirit is saying through the signs of the times.”
When Australians start receiving ballots in the mail in November for a postal plebiscite on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a new poll suggests it could draw as much as two-thirds support from the country’s five million Catholics. That’s despite the fact that Australian bishops have called on people to vote no, and one bishop recently warned that Church employees who enter into a same-sex marriage could be fired.
A Brazilian bishop said on July 30 that homosexuality is a “gift from God.” After the reactions generated by his homily, Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos, appointed by Pope Francis in 2014, sent out a statement saying that he wanted to “save lives,” after learning about the high statistics of suicide among transgender people.
A recent ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ article denounced an ‘ecumenism of hate’ in the U.S. between fundamentalist Evangelicals and ‘Catholic Integralists,’ but Charles Camosy says that ironically, the article trafficked in the very dualistic thinking it denounced, and that ‘Manichean poison’ of either left or right damages the Body of Christ.