The educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, the folks over at the HRC Foundation took great umbrage when Pope Francis said that only opposite-sex couple can provide good parenting.
Likening a long-lasting marriage to a good wine--one in which a husband and wife make the most of their gender differences--the Pope said:
They're not scared of the differences! What great richness this diversity
is, a diversity which becomes complementary, but also reciprocal. It binds
them, one to the other....Children mature seeing their father and mother
like this; their identity matures being confronted with the love their father
and mother have, confronted with this difference.
In response, the Director of Latino/a and Catholic Initiatives for the HRC Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, released the following statement:
At a time when so many children across our world lack loving, welcoming
homes, it is heartbreaking to hear Pope Francis dismiss a whole swath of
potential LGBT parents who continue to prove that they are fully capable
of providing safe and nurturing environments, just like many of their
We ask that Pope Francis, is making headlines now as pro-science,
follow the lead of scientists where LGBT families are concerned. Take
the words of the American Psychological Association, for example,
which has concluded that "parenting practices around the world share
three major goals: ensuring children’s health and safety, preparing
children for lifeas productive adults and transmitting cultural values.
A high-quality parent-child relationship is critical for healthy development."
LGBT families--including LGBT Catholic families--affirm these goals and
practice them everyday, advancing our belief that inclusion and acceptance
are core values of our faith.
We call on the Pope and leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to
reconsider their harmful statements and renounce the message of
exclusion that only serves to hurt all families.
Let's hypothesize that the folks on the political, economic, social, and moral Left very much like and tout Pope Francis when his statements appear to suggest that he's a fellow traveller. But, when the Pope doesn't espouse their ideology or indicates that he's not a fellow traveller, suddenly he's anti-science and exclusionary.
To test this hypothesis, keep a careful ear open over the next week to determine how the mainstream media deconstructs Laudato si. Ask:
- How many are treating the document as if it's infallible Church teaching? (Thus, attempting to raise the secular ideology of those who worship at the altar of environmentalism to the level of a divinely revealed Truth.)
- How many are discussing paragraphs 120 and 155? (Which is divinely revealed truth.)
Let the discussion begin...
To read the National Catholic Reporter article concerning the Pope's remarks, click on the following link:
To read Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si, click on the following link:
To read the American Psychological Association's topic and tips about parenting, click on the following link: