What the pope “actually” said….

Father Ed Tomlinson’s Blog

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Turn to the news today and you would be forgiven for thinking the Holy Father has said something truly radical as across the media it is reported that he has “changed the tone” regarding the official stance of the church on homosexuality. Nothing could be further from the truth- its just media hype. Firstly because he is only reflecting what the catechism states, and what Pope Benedict also repeatedly stated, that homosexuals should be treated with dignity and respect. Big deal.

Secondly he distinguished between orientation and action. And thirdly because what he said has been taken totally out of context. Just contrast this with the reality as reported below in a direct translation.

Reporter: I would like to ask permission to pose a rather delicate question. Another image that went around the world is that of Monsignor Ricca and the news about his personal life. I would like to know, your Holiness, what will be done about this question. How should one deal with this question and how does your Holiness wish to deal with the whole question of the gay lobby?

The Pope’s Answer

Regarding the matter of Monsignor Ricca, I did what Canon Law required and did the required investigation. And from the investigation, we did not find anything corresponding to the accusations against him. We found none of that. That is the answer. But I would like to add one more thing to this: I see that so many times in the Church, apart from this case and also in this case, one looks for the “sins of youth,” for example, is it not thus?, And then these things are published. These things are not crimes. The crimes are something else: child abuse is a crime. But sins, if a person, or secular priest or a nun, has committed a sin and then that person experienced conversion, the Lord forgives and when the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets and this is very important for our lives. When we go to confession and we truly say “I have sinned in this matter,” the Lord forgets and we do not have the right to not forget because we run the risk that the Lord will not forget our sins, eh? This is a danger. This is what is important: a theology of sin. So many times I think of St. Peter: he committed one of the worst sins denying Christ. And with this sin they made him Pope. We must think about fact often.
But returning to your question more concretely: in this case [Ricca] I did the required investigation and we found nothing. That is the first question. Then you spoke of the gay lobby. Agh… so much is written about the gay lobby. I have yet to find on a Vatican identity card the word gay. They say there are some gay people here. I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good. They are bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point beautifully but says, wait a moment, how does it say, it says, these persons must never be marginalized and “they must be integrated into society.”
The problem is not that one has this tendency; no, we must be brothers, this is the first matter. There is another problem, another one: the problem is to form a lobby of those who have this tendency, a lobby of the greedy people, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of Masons, so many lobbies. This is the most serious problem for me. And thank you so much for doing this question. Thank you very much!

Rather different isn’t it. What we actually expose is not a radical departure from church teaching on the part of the Pope but the game being played by reporters at present. Fr. Longenecker hits the nail on the head with his theory. Make sure you read this post to understand why Pope Benedict is increasingly depicted as the “bad cop” to Francis’ “good cop”. It will not be pretty when they realise the current pontiff is really and truly Catholic and not about to secularise the church thus ensuring he fails to produce the desired outcome. Soon enough the liberal press will realise that there is no rupture between Pope Francis and pope Benedict and then all hell will break loose.

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