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Pope Francis ’Shocked’ by Gay Adoption Bill

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Dec 30, 2013

Pope Francis was apparently "shocked" over a bill that would grant same-sex couples the right to adopt children in Malta, the Times of Malta reports.

Despite the comments he made in July, where he said, "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord," Pope Francis isn't too happy when it comes to gay couples adopting children. Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna told the newspaper that he discussed the gay rights bill with the pope and encourage him to speak out against it.

"We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that's worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to adopt] he encouraged me to speak out," Bishop Scicluna said.

Francis' reaction to the measure may come as a surprise to a number of LGBT rights activists, including officials at the Advocate who named the Holy See their person of the year, because of the remarks he made about the LGBT community.

Malta Today reports that the bill was introduced in the fall and allows couples in civil unions and same-sex couples to adopt children. Malta politicians will continue to debate on the measure in 2014.


  • , 2013-12-30 18:41:15

    Sounds as if Francis encouraged the bishop to speak his mind. No endorsement, no official papal stance.

  • JaimeB, 2013-12-30 19:36:17

    It looks like poor Pope Francis still has to deal with homophobes among the Roman Catholic hierarchy who are refusing to follow his lead on defusing the "traditional" condemnation of homosexuality. The way the Roman church deals with changing attitudes is to go quiet on the issue, never admitting that their position was wrong. When developing banking systems in Renaissance Europe challenged the traditional condemnation of usury (which then included any lending of money for interest), the church’s response was to stop asking questions about that in the confessional. Then they stopped talking about it in public as well. Now, no Roman Catholic banker worries about hellfire for charging interest. Eventually, the priests will stop asking about gay sex at confession -- many have probably already skipped that -- and they will go quiet about it outside the confessional too. That will take time and persistence from the Pope. If another pontiff doesn’t try to turn back the clock, it will become a dead letter. Still, John Paul II worked to undo Vatican II reforms, and Francis’ successors may do the same on gay issues. Time will tell if the Holy Spirit or institutional hypocrisy will win out. If the hypocrites win, the Roman church will become increasingly irrelevant in the First World, and their money will dry up, crippling their missionary projects. It’s for them to decide if they want to survive as a serious contender among world religions.

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