When Pope Francis came on the scene several years ago, liberals were doing backflips about what they viewed as a left-wing revolution in the Catholic Church. This excitement only intensified during the run-up to the 2016 election, when you had Francis parroting the globalist view on Middle Eastern migration and scolding Europe and Donald Trump for not being more open to the “strangers” at their doorstep. During this time, many conservatives in the Catholic community were growing concerned that instead of a responsible man of God, the Church had accidentally installed a liberal activist masquerading as a pontiff.
But then there are amusing moments like this when everyone takes a step back to reality and realizes that Francis is not quite ready to host a talk show on MSNBC after all.
One of them came during a speech to Congress in 2016, when Francis addressed, among other sins, the monstrousness of the abortion industry. Ooh, the left didn’t like that one bit. It came again last year when Francis walked back his remarks on immigration a tad and admitted that Europe had a right to exercise caution at the border.
And now there’s been another big schism with Francis and the left: According to a new book, Francis has made it clear that he does not approve of homosexuality in the priesthood.
In The Strength of Vocation, Francis recalls an interview he had with Fernando Prado, a missionary who wanted to know his views on homosexuality. Prado asked the pope if being gay was a problem or if it was “just an expression of affection.”
“That’s a mistake,” Francis replied. “It’s not just an expression of an affection. In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection.”
Francis told the missionary that “people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life.”
Francis has been under considerable pressure from Vatican conservatives and others in the Catholic Church hierarchy to take a stronger stance against the perversions that have erupted into multiple child abuse scandals. In a report last year, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said that there was no doubt a link between homosexuality in the priesthood and the abuse crisis.
“These homosexual networks, which are now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, etc., act under the concealment of secrecy and lies,” he wrote. “They strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church.”
There has been strong pushback from the left against any connection between pedophilia and homosexuality…even though the crisis is almost exclusively centered around grown men and young boys. To the left, this is just a coincidence, apparently.
This is not to say that “gay” and “pedophile” are synonyms. But to pretend that there is not some connection – in the Catholic priesthood, if not elsewhere – is to invite further disaster. Francis’s teachings on homosexuality in the priesthood won’t win him any new friends on the left, but that certainly doesn’t make them incorrect.