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Pope Francis Co-Signs Gay Marriage Message: We "Cannot Bless Sin"
Where was that message during all the abuse scandals?
Here’s yet another case of sex abuse that could have been prevented: A teen has brought a lawsuit against Bishop Kelley Catholic School in Michigan alleging he was drugged and raped by Aloysius “Father Al” Volskis— a man who was known to have a history of sexual assault when hired by the school.
Among other reasons we don’t like the Catholic Church, they can’t seem to give a straight answer about their support of the LGBTQ community.
Pope Francis talks a lot about wanting to be inclusive, but there are limits to that inclusion. He made his true colors known today when he signed off on a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declaring same-sex marriages as illegitimate. Their unions will not be blessed by the Catholic Church. Full stop. It’s not a surprise but it’s still disappointing.
Pastor Terry Murphy of Regina Victory Church in Saskatchewan gave a controversial sermon conflating LBGTQ with pedophilia. A week later he issued a milquetoast apology and attached a 2-minute clip of his sermon to demonstrate his love of LGBTQ people. However, that 2-minute clip wasn’t a fair summary of how hurtful his words were. As to not let him off that easy, here’s our edit of the sermon:
Creationist Matt Powell says that evolutionists believe dinosaurs “farted themselves into extinction,” which they don’t, demonstrating how foolish you look when you rely on FOX News and the Daily Mail for your science interpretations.
Ark Encounter is not alone— Christian theme parks all over the country are struggling to bring in visitors, and that’s not even getting into the blow caused by the pandemic. Jamie Lee Curtis Taete of The Daily Beast reports on the slowing attendance of every Christian theme park from the BibleWalk wax museum to the Holy Land Experience (a.k.a. “Christian Disney World”) and attributes the decline in ticket sales in part to a shift of the religiosity of the U.S.
While we can’t expect Donald Trump to promote the vaccines he’s so eager to take credit for creating, at least some religious leaders are stepping up to persuade conservatives that being vaccinated is a safe and smart decision. The New York Times reports:
… But clergy members who believe in the importance of vaccines are uniquely positioned to counter those [anti-vaxxer] claims. Pope Francis himself declared that coronavirus shots are “morally acceptable” because of the severity of the pandemic and the remoteness of the connection to the aborted fetus. With Ramadan approaching next month, imams have been holding Facebook Live chats with Muslim doctors, organized around questions like, “Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Halal?”
Finally, we’ll just leave this here…