Catholic Infighting Is Fun!

Posted: September 22, 2013 in abortion, homosexuality, religion
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Art Moore penned Thursday’s WND article, “Pope: ‘I Have Never Been a Right-Winger’.” Anyone who’s been following the news knows what this is about. For those who don’t, or who are reading this many moons after the fact, Pope Francis made headlines last week by effectively stating that people need to stop worrying about things like abortion and The Gay and focus on the bigger message of Jesus’ love and helping the poor and various other things. Well, in fact, here’s the quote people’ve been bandying about:

“Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person. … The catechism, the Catholic Church’s book of official doctrine, condemns homosexual acts, but says gays and lesbians ‘must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.'”

This of course follows on his comments two months ago when he said, “Who am I to judge?” with respect to homosexuals. I posted about WND’s take on that li’l zinger on July 29.

These latest remarks are being hailed by many as more steps towards the Catholic church adopting a more mainstream view with respect to social issues. But, as with last time, the conservatives are re-interpreting his remarks to somehow spin them back to be anti-gay.

For example, WND points out in their article the following: “Some U.S. bishops, however, have publicly lamented that Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, has not made strong pronouncements about abortion and homosexuality.” Remember, Christians are all about love, right?

Meanwhile, National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen is desperately trying to save face, saying, “he’s doing no more than rephrasing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which denounces homosexual acts but says homosexual persons are to be treated with “respect, compassion and sensitivity.”” WND also points out that people think it may just be some mistranslations. ‘Cause, you know, they get interns to translate what the leader of a religion says that claims more than 1 billion people.

WND’s commenters are among those either lamenting or trying to reinterpret what he said. Well, mostly lamenting. And doing it a lot, with over 750 comments as I write this.

Top-rated is “Jean Spearing” whose first paragraph states: “I cried when I read the pope’s words last night, not because I agree or disagree with any specific thing he said, but because I understand the cultural implications for those Catholics trying to speak out against abortion and gay marriage will be great. I am one of those Catholics, who will speak up in social situations, at work, or with friends or in spending time to comment on blogs in defense of the unborn and traditional marriage. I fully expect to have the Pope’s words thrown in my face now every time I try to defend Catholic teaching. His words will be a weapon against my emphasis on the doctrinal teachings. That I guess is a price I will have to pay to defend the unborn and to resist the evil gay agenda.”

Remember, this post is brought to you by Christian Love™. You gotta keep remembering that ’cause it’s not obvious.

Meanwhile, “BigBoa” wrote, “He says he can’t understand why the church is so obsessed with things like abortion and homsexuality. Obviously, the false prophet has arrived.” “Guy_in_Kingston” agreed with “sounds like a Marxist to me.”

“oceanlover998” also agreed: “As a traditional Catholic, it is gravely upsetting to witness yet another post-Conciliar Pope debase and betray the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, and the Holy Spirit. Faithful Catholics should pray for this Pope – for both his repentance and that he is not allowed to inflict further damage to the hearts, minds and souls of the Faithful. Holy Mother of Fatima, hasten the Reign of the Immaculate Heart”

That’s really the jist of the comments.

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