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October 4, 2019

The Pope Restores Defrock LGBTQ Priest-Over The Phone

by Martina Moyski  •  

DETROIT ( - Pope Francis has reportedly restored a defrocked priest — an openly gay theologian and LGBTQ advocate — to active ministry.
James Alison, an English priest and a one-time Dominican, alleges he received a phone call from Pope Francis on Sunday, July 2, 2017, that rescinded the suspension of his priestly faculties. Alison was suspended from active ministry in the late 1990s, having been forbidden to preach, teach, hear confession or say Mass.
Alison relates the telephone exchange as follows:
Him: "Soy el Papa Francisco." ("This is Pope Francis.")
Me: "¿en serio?"  ("Are you serious?")
Him: "No, en broma hijo." ("No, just joking, son.")

Pope to James Alison: "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus. And I give you the power of the keys. Do you understand?" 

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"But it was he," Alison mused. "The Argentinian accent, but more the fact that he knew the content of my letter" and "was clearly referring to it as he spoke."
The "letter" refers to the one hand-delivered to Pope Francis in May 2017 by a bishop friendly to Alison's cause that appealed for his priestly faculties to be restored.
When the Pope referred to it, it "clinched for me that this was no prank played by a cruel friend,"  
 In speaking with Church Militant, George Neumayr, a best-selling author of The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives, pointed out that, if Alison's allegation is true, Francis is making a political statement, not a theological one, in restoring Alison's status as a priest — despite references to the "Spirit of Jesus" and the use of quasi-religious language.
The Pope's restoration of Alison's priestly faculties were confirmed in these words: "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus." 
The Pope added: "And I give you the power of the keys. Do you understand? I give you the power of the keys."
The theologian said he appealed to Francis to reactivate his ministry "as part of opening up wider ministerial possibilities in the Church for LGBT people to speak, preach, evangelise, in the first person, no longer bound by the dreaded 'they' of clerical dishonesty."
Neumayr expounded, "It is an act, pure and simple, that subverts and undermines the teachings of traditional Catholicism regarding homosexuality and politicizes what is substantively a sacred act."
Neumayr explained that 'the power of the keys' is reserved for the successor of St. Peter.Tweet
The sacred act to which Neumayr refers is Francis' giving to Alison "the power of the keys." Calling this act "appalling and shocking," Neumayr explained that "the power of the keys" is reserved for the successor of St. Peter.
The best-selling author pointed to the Gospel of Matthew (16:18–19) when Christ said to Peter: "And I tell you that you are Peter (Petros), and on this rock (petra) I will build my church ... I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven."
As to what Francis meant when he said, "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus," Neumayr said, "It could mean almost anything" and is "confusing."
The author said, for Francis, often "the meeting is the message," meaning that the words themselves may not be as significant as the fact that a meeting with someone took place at all.
"Look to what Francis does, not what he says," Neumayr says, "for clues."
In his theological writing, Alison talks about "dimensions of the systemic structural trap that is the clerical closet." 
Such dimensions include:
  • the general rule that the heterosexuality of a cleric is inversely proportional to the stridency of his homophobia
  • banning gay men from the seminary never works
  • viewing clerical LGBT issues through culture war lenses will not be helpful and the clerical closet is not the result of some 1960s liberal conspiracy
He has also described the issue of gay men in the priesthood an "elephant in the sacristy." 
The Pope "clearly treated me as a priest," Alison reasoned, "with universal jurisdiction to hear Confessions."
Alison explained further: "Pope Francis has talked about this being a change of epoch rather than an epoch of change. What is going to be the shape of ministry in the Church that is being birthed? What is the form and style of teaching? These are, thank heaven, up in the air in ways I could never have imagined."
Critics see the alleged move as the Left's efforts to politicize the Vatican, hoping faithful Catholics see this 'before the Catholic Church as we know it is destroyed.'Tweet
So, what is known?
Alison claims Pope Francis phoned him over two years ago and that the Pope gave him carte blanche to "walk with deep interior freedom."
He supposedly received "the power of the keys of St. Peter," the first pope. Critics see this alleged move as the Left's efforts to politicize the Vatican, hoping faithful Catholics see this "before the Catholic Church as we know it is destroyed."

April 2, 2019

Pope Francis Declares Homosexual Tendencies Are "Not a Sin”

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In Rome}} Pope Francis has said that homosexual tendencies “are not a sin,” while encouraging parents who begin “seeing rare things” in their children to “please, consult, and go to a professional,” because “it could be that he [or she] is not homosexual.”
Asked about his famous soundbite “Who am I to judge?”, the pope said, “Tendencies are not sin. If you have a tendency to anger, it’s not a sin. Now, if you are angry and hurt people, the sin is there.”
“Sin is acting, of thought, word and deed, with freedom,” Francis said.
Asked by Spanish journalist Jordi Evole if he thinks it’s a “rarity” for parents to have a homosexual child, the pope answered that “in theory, no.”
“But I’m talking about a person who is developing, and parents start to see strange things … Please consult, and go to a professional, and there you will see what it is and may not be homosexual, that is due to something else,” he said.
Francis also said that in his opinion, it’s usually challenging for a family to have a homosexual child, as they can be “scandalized by something they don’t understand, something out of the ordinary … I’m not making a judgement of value, I’m doing a phenomenological analysis,” he said.
The pope’s words came in response to a question about comments he made last summer, when he said parents who detect their children have homosexual behaviors should take them to a psychiatrist. 
In a new interview that aired Sunday with the Spanish news outlet La Sexta, the pope said he was “explaining that you never throw a homosexual person out of the house, but I made a distinction that when the person is very young and begins to show strange symptoms, it’s useful to go … I said to a psychiatrist, at that moment you say the word that comes out and, on top of that, in a language that is not yours.”
From his comments, Francis said, the media took away “‘the pope sends homosexuals to the psychiatrist,’ and they didn’t see the rest, and this is ill-intentioned.”
During the interview, the journalist alternates between the terms “homosexual” and “gay,” but the pope always uses the word “homosexual.” During his trip back from Brazil, in 2013, speaking with journalists, Francis famously became the first pope to use the word “gay.”
Once a homosexual identity is “set,” Francis said, a homosexual man or woman “has the right to a family, and that father and mother have the right to a son [or daughter], come as it may, and no son or daughter can be thrown out of the home.” 
On abuse, it’s a process
The pope was also asked about his Feb. 21-24 summit on clerical sexual abuse, and he said that he understood some victims aren’t satisfied with the results.
“I understand them because one sometimes looks for results that are concrete facts of that moment,” he said. “For example, if I had hung 100 abusive priests in St. Peter Square, it’s a concrete fact, I would have occupied space.”
“But my interest is not to occupy spaces, but to start healing processes,” he said.
The concrete result of the summit, he argued, was to “start processes, and this takes time,” he said, but it’s the only way “for the cure to be irreversible.”
Francis compared the abuse crisis to the conquest of America by the Spanish, saying history has to be understood with the hermeneutics of the time. Prior to the explosion of the Boston scandals in 2002, he said, the “hermeneutics was it’s better to hide it, avoid future evils.”
But “when you hide, it propagates, once the culture of uncovering begins, things don’t propagate,” the pope said, encouraging survivors to come forth.

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