pope_francisThe Roman Catholic Church has just elected a new Pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 76-year-old has chosen the name Francis.

He’s the first Jesuit pope in history and the first from the Americas.

On homosexuality:

Bergoglio is seen an unwaveringly orthodox on matters of sexual morality, staunchly opposing abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. In 2010 he asserted that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children, earning a public rebuke from Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

He also has referred to marriage equality as the work of Satan:

Bergoglio began “I write these lines to each of you who are in the four monasteries of Buenos Aires. The people of Argentina will face in the coming weeks, a situation whose outcome may seriously injure the family. This is the bill on marriage for same sex. “

Then he added, “At stake are the lives of many children who are discriminated against in advance by depriving them of human growth that God wanted to given with a father and a mother. At stake is a total rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts as well”.

The Archbishop stated flatly “we are not naive: it is not just a political struggle, it is a destructive attempt to God’s plan. It is not just a bill (this is only the instrument) but a ‘move’ from the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

TIME translates “a destructive attempt to God’s plan” slightly differently: “a scheme to destroy God’s plan.”

Bergoglio also apparently said that same-sex marriages were somehow evolutionarily inferior, “a real and dire anthropological throwback.”

But apparently, even though he thinks our families harm children and our loving marriages are Neolithic tools of Satan, the good Pope Francis has the audacity to say that he believes gays and lesbians should be treated with “respect.” Sorry, sir, but if that’s your definition of “respect,” you can keep it.

Le sigh. As I predicted, it looks as though the Catholic Church’s worldwide crusade against LGBT people and our rights will continue unabated under the newly-elected Pope Francis.

UPDATE: The Vatican is reporting that the new pope’s name is simply Francis, without a Roman numeral afterwards; this article has been updated to reflect that correction.


  1. Friends

    Yup, he’s “Vatican Party Line” on our personal issues, and not in our favor. However, to be fair, he’s also widely reported to be a very humble man who leads a very simple lifestyle. When he became Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he chose to live in a small apartment (instead of a palace), he cooked his own food, and he took the subway to his diocesan office, instead of being driven in a limousine. I guess we need to ask whether anybody who openly supported gay marriage could ever have been elected to such a powerful position. Bu it’s interesting that Sister Simone Campbell — one of the nuns who was viciously attacked and humiliated by the previous disaster of a Pope — is giving Francis a generous benefit of the doubt, in a radio interview which was aired today, because of his longstanding commitment to the social justice issues of the poor. Let’s see if the Holy Spirit can work on him, and continue to evolve his understanding of basic social justice issues.

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