Pope Francis is one of the most hated men in the world today. Those who hate him most are not atheists, or protestants, or Muslims, but some of his own followers.
It’s great to see American Cardinal of the Catholic church Raymond Leo Burke standing up for what he believes in, even if that means going against the word of Pope Francis. Burke didn’t agree with the Pope’s stance on the way homosexuals are treated, so he decided it was time to say something. Some people are going to stand behind Burke with all they have, but others are going to be absolutely furious.
In a interview with O Clarim, Burke discussed the pope’s comments on apologizing to homosexuals.
“In an in-flight interview, after the umpteenth question about homosexuals, the Holy Father (Pope Francis) said that we obviously must not discriminate and we have to ask forgiveness from these people for the way they are treated…,” the interview question began.
“I haven’t read the Pope’s text,” Burke responded.
“What I can say is that this year I turned 69, and I have spent my whole life in the Catholic Church. I have never encountered discrimination against people who suffer from the homosexual condition.”
“We know that we are dealing with an abnormal condition: God has not created us to have sexual relations with people of the same sex,” Burke said.
“This is not a discrimination against persons. It is to affirm the truth of Christ, the truth of our faith.”
Even aside from the biblical arguments to be made for or against homosexuality, the Catholic stance is made crystal clear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’”
“They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (2357)
The Catholic stance really isn’t up for debate.
“I must say sincerely, even though I haven’t read the words of the Pope, that I don’t see why the Church ought to ask forgiveness for teaching the truth about sex and sexuality,” Burke said.
“Rather, during my priesthood of more than 42 years, I have always found priests very compassionate in meetings with people who have had this difficulty and have suffered from this condition,” he concluded.
It’s amazing to see a cardinal stand for consistency of his own religion over political correctness.
The media isn’t going to report on this matter much considering it points towards a pontiff which has been doing favors for the left for years with his rhetoric.