Tuesday, July 30, 2013

About (dot com) the Pope's Remarks

About.com did a great job of picking Scott Richert to be their official spokesman on Catholicism.  Here he is explaining what Pope Francis said about "gays" (emphasis mine).

Pope Francis did not dismiss, much less justify, homosexual activity; he spoke of men with homosexual desires who have already been ordained and are "in eager search of God"—men, moreover, who are not engaged in lobbying on behalf of their disordered affections.
For anyone who has followed Pope Francis's public statements since his election, this all simply makes sense. The Holy Father does not believe that one can "seek God" by obstinately engaging in immoral activity; one seeks God by, among other things, living a chaste life.  


jvc said...

I don't have a problem with what he was probably aiming at, but the clumsy nature of his comments and the pure elation it has elicited among MSNBC, NCR-types suggests that this is (sorry), more amateur hour leadership of the Church.

We need and deserve leaders who can seriously articulate Catholic doctrine. I would even settle for having a Vatican bureaucracy that was engaged enough to clean up the mess after these things occur.

Joey Higgins said...

JVC, I don't really think he was clumsy. If you look at some of the articles that are "better translations" or even the "sloppy ones" beyond the headlines - anyone that understands the teachings of the church is going to understand - "Oh yeah, he didn't say anything new."

What we do have though, that is really a good thing, is that people are beginning to understand the whole, "Wait, Catholics don't hate homosexuals?" Which has always been the teaching.

I think the media will eventually turn on Pope Francis, but in the mean time, I don't see this as a negative.

jvc said...

Joey, that is going to be the takeaway of less than 0.1% of the people who saw the story.

Today at work I walked past a wall of newspaper machines/boxes. Every one had the headline "Who Am I To Judge?"

The media is interpreting his comment as they desire, and any truth in the message is lost.