If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times: Pope Francis may have said some nice-sounding things about LGBT people, but he's no friend to the LGBT community -- and he's done nothing to change the Catholic Church's Stone-Age strictures about homosexuality.
On the day then-Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis last March, I did some rapid-fire Googling and found some incredibly disgusting comments he made about marriage equality while he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires: the future pontiff called loving same-sex marriages "a scheme to destroy God's plan," a "move from the Father of Lies," and "a real and dire anthropological throwback."
As Pope Francis, he has not apologized for or walked back these appallingly bigoted statements -- a detail I've consistently pointed out in the face of the breathless, fawning, totally misplaced adulation he's received from so much of the LGBT community.
But it gets worse: a former top Vatican official and current auxiliary bishop claims that in a discussion with Pope Francis last month, the pontiff repeated his 2010 claim about same-sex marriage being evolutionarily inferior.
Zenit News reports:
"A Maltese bishop has said Pope Francis is 'saddened' by legislative proposals in Malta to extend equality legislation to homosexual couples and reiterated his view that same-sex marriage is an 'anthropological regression.'
"In an interview with Avvenire published today, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna said that when he met Pope Francis on Dec. 12, he expressed his concern to the Pope about the proposed law. 'The Pope showed his sadness at this development, especially on the question of adoption.'
He added: 'I told him that the promoters [of the bill] quote his words: 'If a person is gay and seek the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge?' but they don't quote his words from 2010 when he was still Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The Pope repeated the phrase of his letter of 2010: 'It's an anthropological regression.''
"In 2010, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio called same-sex marriage an 'anti-value and an anthropological regression.' In a conversation with Rabbi Abraham Skorka published in the book "On Heaven and Earth", he said same-sex marriage is a weakening of the institution of marriage, an institution that has existed for thousands of years and is 'forged according to nature and anthropology.'"
Bishop Scicluna (left) isn't just some rogue priest either: he previously served as Promoter of Justice in the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he was the Catholic Church's lead prosecutor on priest sex abuse cases. Before that, he sat on the Apostolic Signatura, which is essentially the Vatican's Supreme Court.
Scicluna is the same prelate who reported last month that Francis was "shocked" by the Maltese law's adoption provision. As Cardinal Bergoglio, Francis earned the wrath of (and a public rebuke from) Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, when he stated that same-sex adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
Can we please stop pretending Pope Francis is a friend of the LGBT community?
Click here for Scicluna's original Italian-language interview with Avvenire.
h/t: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement