Any progressive who somehow regards Pope Francis as forward-thinking or otherwise cool needs to wake up and smell the incense. But for now, let’s look at what Francis said about finding the right priests in an upcoming book:
“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates.”
He added, “In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church.”
How many times do I have to say it? Once? Twice? Thrice? Four times? Five times? Pope Francis is not on progressives’ side when it comes to gay rights or women’s rights. Yet here’s a gushing article on a pro-gay women’s website calling the anti-abortion, anti-contraceptive, anti-women’s ordination Francis “the most progressive pope ever.” And that may be, but “progressive” is a relative term here considering he leads the most socially regressive organization over the last 2,000 years. Here’s a New York Times piece in a similar vein. And ask progressives what they think of Francis. I have, and the responses are generally positive.
Because Pope Francis leads the conservative Catholic Church, any hint of change or softening of language is regarded as a transformative development that is reflective of his “progressive” character.” But the truth is, if he were a candidate for public office in the United States saying the things that he says, progressives would rebuke him post haste. And rightly so. On these social issues, Pope Francis’ views are queer, and not in a good way.