For a Pope quick to quip about any number of thorny issues, Frances was strangely silent about the 62% of Ireland who legalized ‘gay marriage’ last month.
OK, OK, a Vatican official did declare the redefinition a ‘defeat for humanity.’ But for a Pope who insists on a merciful tone when addressing ‘gay’ issues, his omission here is nothing short of cruel.
Papa, preach on the beauty of man for woman and woman for man, and the dead-end of trying to make same-gender friends sexual complements.
Papa, preach on why the Catholic Church upholds marriage as a sacrament—a wellspring of grace to all every person who encounters a man and woman committed to lifelong unity.
Preach on why ‘gay marriage’ messes with kids by omitting 50% of what they need to become whole men and women themselves.
Papa, preach for the ones who have no voice.
Papa, on behalf of Christian families being torn apart by ‘gay’-identified members, preach on the beauty of repentance to chastity, and the thousands of faithful ministers who will walk with repentant ones to wholeness. Highlight Courage and the huge strides this most courageous apostolate has made in extending mercy to all persons impacted by SSA.
Papa, preach against the lie that ‘gays’ are an oppressed minority. Papa, preach the truth that the Irish were hoodwinked by a billion dollar gay organization from America that poured millions into Ireland and fueled a campaign based not on truth but emotional myths like all who are against ‘gay marriage’ decry human rights, economic recovery, and most of all, ‘love.’
Papa, preach on Jesus’ real love, the love that cleansed Mary Magdalene of her 7 demons and persuaded the Samaritan woman that mercy was better than sexual disorder. Preach on the splendor of mercy to supplant pagan counterfeits.
Papa, preach now on real mercy, and real marriage. Your silence is deadly.
This is what inevitably happens when a former Evangelical Conservative Preacher – like Andrew Cominskey – crosses the Tiber, to embrace catholicism, expecting that the Pope will necessarily agree with him on matters of homophobia and same-sex Marriage.
For Andrew to believe that Pope Francis will become imprisoned by the expectations of a former anti-gay preacher proves a naivety beyond comprehension. Pope Francis is well aware where the argumentation is going towards the full inclusion of LGTB people in the Church, and he probably won’t be side-tracked by would-be nay-sayers. The Pope, after all, is an Apostle of the Love of God in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – for whom no-one is beyond redemption!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand