Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pope Francis: The Man Who Changed The World

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on 13 March 2013 - taking the papal name Francis.

And just four months after his election - at the end of July back in 2013 - he uttered the now infamous words: "Who am I to judge?" when asked about his feelings on Catholic homosexuals.

Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Brazil, he turned around the perception of a church that was out of touch.

Responding to a question asking if there was a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, he said: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?"

This statement has been repeated hundreds of thousands of times around the world - by Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Was this the question that changed the world? With 1.2 billion [sic] followers of the religion it was a monumental moment for the history of Catholicism.

Since that fateful moment, Pope Francis has been hailed as a revolutionary leader of the worldwide Catholic Church...
Daily Express.

Calm down, dear.
As popes go Francis isn't the worst, but that's a bit like saying Albert Speer wasn't the worst Nazi.

PS The Pope's 'gay-friendly' image is a con, and it's time we stopped falling for it, Nick Duffy, Pink News.
PPS An interesting history of the Catholic Church's notion of sex as sin, and the sanctity of sperm, by David Morris at AlterNet.

* Frankie later un/clarified this statement.
Update: Frankie told US Congress today he still thinks we is children of a lesser god and gay marriage is Satan's spunk.

And finally... some got very excited that a couple of god-bothering LGBTers were invited to a White House reception for his holiness
But I'm not sure if he noticed them among the 11,000 other guests.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one sick and tired of the hero worship of these reactionary old men. Aunty Beeb wets her knickers over them. Look he's turned up in a Fiat at the White House! He's said something must be done about climate change! How saintly! How liberal!

    Never mind the women kept in poverty by lack of access to birth control, the advocating of discrimination against gays or the silence on corporate greed, tax avoidance and welfare cuts.