For World Youth Day Pope Francis is currently in Brazil, where largely unobserved by the rest of the world marriage equality has been steadily expanding, state by state de jure, and across the entire country de facto. Ever since a court decision in 2011, same-sex couples across the nation have been able to register their unions .Following a later court decision, any couple in a registered union could petition a judge to convert that union into a marriage. In 14 or the 27 states (indluding the major cities), this two stage process has been simplified by local decisions, to provide for same – sex marriage in exactly the same way as different – sex couples.In effect, full marriage is available to any couple in Brazil, even though it has never been legislated by parliament.
Six of these state level decisions have been introduced since Pope Francis’ election to the papacy (Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia, Santa Catarina and Paraíba), together with the five countries (New Zealand, Uruguay, France, England and Wales), and four American states where equal marriage has been introduced or re- introduced in the same – period,. With such rapid progress towards gay marriage in Brazil and world – wide, and given the dire warnings by many Catholic bishops and self – appointed Catholic spokesmen of the calamitous consequences of redefining marriage, we should pay careful attention to what the pope himself has had to say on this momentous subject.
Here’s a summary of everything I’ve seen, of Francis’ words on gay marriage since becoming pope:
(I ignore the indirect references in the encyclical Lumen Fidei, because not only are these indirect, they are not strictly speaking Francis’ words at all. The encyclical was issued by Pope Francis, but essentially written by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. For more, see Francis DeBenardo at Bondings 2.0).
Some of the things he has been speaking about, are the evils of greed and materialism, corruption and injustice – in the church, and in the world. Specifically, he called on young people to “shake up the Church”, and to “put an end to clericalism”.
I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. “I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!”
Read more: .foxnews.
Ending injustice, getting out into the world, and shaking up the church will surely include getting out into the LGBT communities, ending injustice in the Church, and shaking up disordered Church thinking about sexuality. In effect, by demanding full inclusion for LGBT Catholics, we have an indirect papal endorsement.
Contrary to what our opponents would have us believe, issues of sexuality and opposition to same – sex marriage are not central to Catholic teaching. Concerns about justice, including economic and sexual justice, certainly are.
- A New Beginning for Gay Catholics and the Scottish Church? (queeringthechurch.com)
- Archbishop: Right wing of the church not happy about Pope Francis (rawstory.com)
- Does the New Papal Encyclical Comment on LGBT Issues? (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)
- Is Pope Francis Shaping a More Positive Catholic Discourse on LGBT Issues? (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)