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Pope Francis Says No Gay Clergy Men (After Saying He Won't Judge Gay Men)

Pope Francis is at it again with the mixed and hurtful signals.

After Pope Francis allegedly told a gay man that God created him this way earlier this year, there was hope of a change within the man towards gay issues. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

According to the Guardian, Pope Francis is now saying that he’s concerned about the growing “trend” of homosexuality.

“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” the Pope said when speaking of new priests joining the clergy.

A new book written by the Pope called the Strength of Vocation was released in Italy on Saturday. In this book, Pope Francis speaks on his thoughts towards homosexuality and the church.

“In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” he says in the book The Strength of a Vocation, released in Italy on Saturday.

“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he said.

The Catholic faith sees homosexual activity as a sin, and the Pope has vocally condemned gay men for years now.

“It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn’t exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out,” Francis continues in the book.

“In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life.

“The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.”

But it seems to us Pope Francis is tripping over his words. After all, let’s not forget what he said in 2013….

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”

Who indeed?

h/t: The Guardian

Watch: A Catholic Student Earns Applause From His School After Coming Out

A viral video of a gay teen being accepted by his catholic school is warming our hearts.

SBS News has shared the video of a young man coming out to more than 1,500 peers and students at one of the most elite Catholic schools in Sydney, Australia.

After standing behind the podium at St. Ignatius’ College, senior Finn Stannard remarked, “I have been working towards this speech for four years.”

The reason? Stannard says it’s because he’s gay.

Stannard revealed his sexuality to his school in order to share the struggles he has experienced within it's walls. Specifically, he says he had to deal with anti-gay jokes and rumors in the school’s hallways. He also shares how that experience affected his home life and encouraged a disability to be open with his family.

 “When I said it, I just felt this energy pass through me and I felt – that was the first time I’d really been proud of who I was. I could announce it to all these people who were before me…Life was easier living as the straight eldest son. I had spent so long behind the façade of a confident, heterosexual man that I wasn’t sure if I knew how to be me. I think that’s really the biggest reason I made sure I got up onto that stage and gave the speech. I don’t think anybody should have to go through the feeling of loss that I felt like I’d gone through.”

Part of the reason Stannard came out was because he couldn’t bare any more time “hiding behind a mask.”

The other part was because he knew there had to be other LGBTQ students at his school. In fact, he shared with SBS News that he was later thanked by other students who were also struggling with their sexualities.

Since then, Stannard has been a role model for the school’s staff and students, and has even taken his boyfriend to the school formal.

If you want to watch his full speech, you can check it out at this link here.

h/t: SBS News

Catholic School Regis University Receives Complaints For Supporting Gender Identity Events

A university in Colorado is receiving complaints, including one from an archbishop, after it hosted a drag show.

According to the Catholic News Agency, the controversy began when Regis University provost Janet Houser made a conscious effort to support LGBTQ students at the school.

On October 29, the university’s Queer Resource Alliance, with the help of Houser, sent a letter to faculty about an on-campus “Drag Show featuring student performers” and other events honoring “Transgender Day of Remembrance” on November 15.

The letter also encouraged professors to “assign readings by queer, and especially transgender, authors,” and “add your preferred gender pronouns to your email signature (for example, "she/her/hers").”

As news spread of this letter, complaints started to arise. Eventually, even Denver’s Archbishop Samuel Aquila got involved.

Archbishop Aquila shared the argument, through an open letter, that these sentiments on gender identity go against the teachings of the Catholic faith.

He wrote:

"This guidance is not in conformity with the Catholic faith, despite the attempts made to justify it as rooted in Jesuit values.”

“On the contrary, Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the promotion of gender fluidity as a type of ideological colonization.”

“Why is Regis University promoting and teaching an ideology that is contrary to what we know from the Scriptures?”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Regis University’s president Fr. John Fitzgibbons, SJ, wrote back to Aquila to defend his provost and the Queer Resource Alliance.

“No student or staff member who, in conscience before God, identifies as lesbian, gay, or transgender, should ever be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome in our company,” wrote the president.

“While a ‘Drag Show’ might appear out of place on a Jesuit, Catholic campus, once again, such events, like the Queer Resource Alliance, open a safe space, a merciful space, if you will, for LGBTQ students to show their care and support for one another.”

“For us, to accompany LGBTQ persons with the mercy of Christ means allowing them the dignity of telling their stories and naming their experiences in terms that ring true for them, even while critically examining those terms in light of Catholic teaching.”

The president also noted how there are several programs that are offered at the university to discussion human sexuality, and each one uses Catholic teaching as its basis for discussion.

As a response, the Archdiocese of Denver states that it is trying to set up a meeting with Fitzgibbons and Houser.

In addition, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese says that several university staff, students, alumni, and parents have thanked the Archbishop for his response to the drag show controversy.

h/t: Catholic News Agency

Catholic Pastor Who Burned A Rainbow Flag Was Removed From Service

Last week, we shared with you the story of Pastor Fr. Paul Kalchik.

Kalchik, who presides over the Resurrection Catholic Church in Chicago, discovered a rainbow flag in his church building. He then announced that he would be burning the flag as sacrilege later this month.

As he wrote in the initial church message:

"We cannot let the current troubles keep us from our mission to go make more disciples for the Lord, nor should modern day distractions like global warming, LGBT 'rights' or even immigration issues ever take precedence over that mission.”

Thankfully, the Archidose of Chicago stepped in and told Kalchik that he couldn’t go through with the burning. At the time, Kalchick regretfully followed the orders.

Though, he didn’t follow them for long.

We now learn that Kalchik later went through with the burning despite the orders placed upon him.

After he did so, Kalchik’s life took a drastic change, according to the Chicago Tribune. He allegedly received multiple hate messages and even death threats from the community around him. These threats became so bad that Kalchik had to start using police escort to travel to and from the church and his home.

In addition, the Alchidose of Chicago has decided to remove Kalchik from his position at the Resurrection Catholic Church effective immediately. He was then replaced with Monsignor James Kaczorowski.

“For some weeks now, I have become increasingly concerned about a number of issues at Resurrection Parish,” read a letter by Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich. “It has become clear to me that Fr. Kalchik must take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support so his needs can be assessed.”

“I do not take this step lightly,” the note read further. “Rather, I act out of concern for Fr. Kalchik’s welfare and that of the people of Resurrection Parish. I have a responsibility to be supportive of our priests when they have difficulties, but I also have a duty to ensure that those who serve our faithful are fully able to minister to them in the way the Church expects.”

That said, Annel Maselli, the spokeswoman for the archdiocese, says that this removal of Kalchik was not based on the burning of the rainbow flag.

“He is taking some time away from the parish,” Maselli said in an email on Saturday. “This has been in the works for some time and is not directly due to the flag burning.”

There’s currently no word on whether this removal is permanent or not.

As for Kalchik, who says he was sexually abused by a Chicago priest while he was a seminarian, his only words on the issue are that he doesn’t hate gay people. He says he only has hate for homosexuality itself.

“I’m about as much of a ‘gay basher’ as Mother Teresa of Calcutta,” the 56-year-old said in an interview with the Tribune on Friday. “Love the sinner, hate the sin — that’s as harsh as I get.”

h/t: Chicago Tribune

Catholic Priest Thwarted From Burning A Rainbow Flag As Sacrilege By Chicago's Archdioceses

A Chicago priest was stopped from burning a rainbow flag in front of his church members.

According to the Windy City Times, Resurrection Catholic Church Pastor Fr. Paul Kalchik posted earlier this month that he would be burning a rainbow flag.

Kalchick shared this message in the post-script of his Homily message on September 2. The message then spread to news sources like the Windy City Times, the Conservative Christian-based Church Militant, and more.

In the message, Kalchick said that he had found a Rainbow flag inside the Resurrection Church, which is in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. He planned to burn the flag, and parishoners’ pledge cards mixed with incense, in front of the church as sacrilege during a prayer service later this month.

In addition to that announcement, Kalchick shared the message that the teachings of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Church needed to be restored.

"We cannot let the current troubles keep us from our mission to go make more disciples for the Lord, nor should modern day distractions like global warming, LGBT 'rights' or even immigration issues ever take precedence over that mission,” he wrote.

Thankfully, the Archdiocese of Chicago stepped in and told Kalchik that he couldn’t go through with the burning. Kalchik, regretfully, agreed not to do it.

According to the Windy City Times, DignityUSA President Chris Pett shared his thanks to the Chicago Archdiocese for stopping Kalchik.

"It appears that this pastor was hijacking the parish to promote an extreme, ultra-conservative agenda promoted by the Church Militant group which is not officially recognized by the Church and is rejected by most Catholics. National polling over the past number of years consistently shows that a majority of Catholics support LBGTQ people and our issues. While we continue to challenge the institutional Church to reject its harmful and incorrect teachings about homosexuality, we are glad to see this decisive action on behalf of all LGBTQ Catholics."

h/t: Windy City Times

Chile's Pedophilia Scandal Has Led To The Pope Accepting Three Bishops's Resignations

Pope Francis has a lot on his hands as he has to deal with the after effects of a large Chilean sex scandal (and his direct fault in it).

In 2011, Rev. Fernando Karadima, a preacher who was close with Chile’s Catholic elite, was sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer after engaging in multiple sex crimes. This would become the start of a decade of investigation into the cover-ups of sexual abuse all throughout the country of Chile.

As ABCNews reports, the most recent event involved Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, whom many didn’t want in the position of leadership to begin with.

A recent Vatican statement announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of Bishop Barros as well as Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt. Francis then named a temporary leader for each diocese.

It was Pope Francis himself who appointed Barros in his position in Chile just three years ago in 2015. When that happened, the decision was met with intense pushback. This is because Barros was already known for ignoring the sexual abuses caused by his colleagues and superiors.

While Barros denies those charges to this day, Pope Francis admits his mistake after he read a 2,300-page report compiled by Vatican investigators Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu. The report explained the depth of Chile's scandal.

Pope Francis also came to this conclusion after speaking to Juan Carlos Cruz.

We shared with you last month that Cruz, who was a victim to sexual abuses by Catholic officials, admitted to having a one-on-one conversation with the Pope.

Cruz shared that the Pope not only apologized to him but allegedly said, “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”

Those two conversations led to Pope Francis summoning Chile’s Church leaders to the Vatican last month to finally address the issues. That meeting resulted in the resignation of 30 active bishops, including Barros.

After hearing of Barros’s resignation, Juan Carlos Cruz tweeted out the following:

"A new day has begun in Chile's Catholic Church"

“I'm thrilled for all those who have fought to see this day," he added. "The band of criminal bishops ... begins to disintegrate today."

While 30 Bishops offered their resignations, Pope Francis has only recently accepted three of them. Barros’s resignation was joined by the other two bishops mentioned earlier who say they only wanted to retire. That said, victims of the sexual abuse cover-ups say the Bishops were also involved in it all.

It seems that Pope Francis has his work cut out for him.

Gay Man Says Pope Francis Told Him God Made Him “Like This”

A Gay man by the name of Juan Carlos Cruz is sharing that he had a one-on-one conversation with Pope Francis and that the Pope told him that God loves and accepts him.

What brought this conversation about was actually a terrible scandal involving Reverend Fernando Karadima. Karadima was found guilty of abuse in 2011, and Cruz was one of his known victims.

The whole of the Vatican was in a panic after the conviction due to the widespread cover-up by members of the clergy.

While all 34 Roman Catholic bishops offered to resign as penitence, Pope Francis has yet to make a decision about how to handle the situation.

In order to help him figure out what to do, Pope Francis talked to Cruz in private. Cruz then later spoke to Spanish newspaper El País and said that the Pope supported him and his sexuality.

Cruz recounted that the Pope allegedly said, “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”

Pope Francis has yet to confirm these comments, but James Martin, a prominent advisor to the Pope, tweeted out the story on May 19.

As GayStarNews reports, Juan Carlos Cruz later tweeted out how happy he was to have had a conversation with the Pope.

In the tweet he said:

"I’m very excited with all of this,’ he tweeted. ‘It’s good for our beloved country, for so many people who have suffered because of corrupt and deceitful bishops, and also survivors who have been ignored all over the world.’

He added: ‘There’s no going back. History has changed. Thank you, truly.’

h/t: GayStarNews