Frankly, I am not all that interested in what the Pope says one way or the other.

Apparently, the Pope was responding to a question about the so-called “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The best translation of the Pope’s words seems to be:

A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will—well, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation—we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.

It seems that he acknowledged the obvious, that there are gay priests. Nevertheless, the teachings of the Catholic Church remain unchanged. He claims that he doesn’t want us marginalized but the Church expects all of us to be celibate. Moreover, it seems that he’s none too fond of the gay rights movement or other pressure groups in general.

That is odd and hypocritical given the amount of lobbying that the Church hierarchy does to influence governments around the world.

I think that the media got carried away that this was some sort of breakthrough. It was not. A breakthrough would occur when the Pope pledges that the hierarchy will cease meddling in the secular affairs of states. The Magic Kingdom acts as if we were in the 16th century.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.