Five years ago, back in 2013, it felt like the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality was going to undertake a radical change, when the recently-elected Pope Francis said: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” Pope Francis has seemed like a more liberal, human, fallible Pope, a figure for the 21st century that might put centuries of hostility and prejudice against our community to rest.
Finally, a Pope that loves us?
Perhaps not. Now the Pope says he’s “worried” about homosexuality in the priesthood, especially when it comes to new priests joining the church, who might be tarnished by the “fashionable” nature of homosexuality.
Babes, we’re not “fashionable” (apart from obviously actual ‘fashion, fashionable’, like, choosing shoes and trousers and stuff). We’ve been around for as long as humans have. Which kind of pre-dates the whole church thing. Back to the pope.
More lame stuff that the Pope said
In an interview as part of an upcoming book on the priesthood, he said: “The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates … in our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church … This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention.”
So, five years ago, he’s all like “who am I to judge,” and now he’s being totally JudgyMcJudgeface about it. It didn’t ‘receive much attention’ in the past, because the often very decent Christian men and women that were part of the church were too terrified to reveal their true feelings because of exactly this kind of judgement and persecution.
He goes on to say that any gay priests out there should take their vows of celibacy very, very seriously. Perhaps all priests should? Isn’t that kind of the deal anyway?