Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis I is a Homophobic Bigot

I don't really have anything new or refreshing to say on this subject, but I'm going to probably burst a few bubbles because my Facebook is swarming with queer friends who are all excited about Jorge Bergoglio/Pope Francis.  In a way, this makes sense... there are some select issues in which Bergoglio is a refreshing change, and his condemnation of income inequality as well as of the discrimination several priests were committing against children of single mothers was admirable.  On the other hand:
He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage, calling it a "real and dire anthropological throwback". In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God." He has also insisted that adoption by gay and lesbian people is a form of discrimination against children. -- Wikipedia entry, Jorge Bergoglio
 Among other things.

This is a guy who comes from a country in which LGBT people enjoy a lot of rights. Same-sex marriage and adoption, equal age of consent, public health care is set to include transgender coverage.  Along the way, Bergoglio was one of the high-profile figures opposing these advances, calling LGBT activism a Satanic plot (but oh, we have to respect gays and lesbians, for sure).

Is Bergoglio uniquely homophobic?  Not for somebody who had any chance to be pope.  But regardless of how not-shocking this may be, it's saddening to me that so many Catholics--most of whom, at least in the United States, are more likely to be pro-LGBT than the national average--are willing to enthusiastically celebrate yet another bigot pope.

Of course, on the other hand, we could always just acknowledge the Discordian popes.  We all know several: