As a Catholic is pains me to write this column. It truly breaks my heart.
In A.D. 1139, Saint Malachy received a vision in which it was revealed to him that there would be 112 more Popes, with the last one being the “black Pope.” Pope Francis I is Pope number 112 after Saint Malachy’s vision. Pope Francis I, being a Jesuit, traditionally wore a black cassock when he was Bishop Jorje Mario Brogoglio.
In July 2013 Pope Francis I, when asked about gay priests during a spontaneous exchange with the press, he responded, “If they [gay priests] accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [same-sex attraction] is not the problem… they’re our brothers.”
Galatians 6:7-8 reads:
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Today Pope Francis I is reaping what he has sown with his words. Question: Is he Saint Malachy’s Black Pope?
In July 2017, four years after the Pope spoke about homosexual priests, there have been two scandals which have rocked the Vatican and cast a shadow on those bishops chosen by Pope Francis to serve as his closest advisors.
In the Guardian column Cardinal George Pell: Vatican official charged with multiple sexual offences Melissa Davey in Melbourne and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome reported:
Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police.
The charges were served on Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He has been ordered to appear at the court on 26 July.
“Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges … and there are multiple complainants,” Victoria police’s deputy commissioner Shane Patton said. The charges were “historical sexual assault offences”.
In the article Vatican police ‘break up drug-fuelled gay orgy at home of secretary of one of Pope Francis’s key advisers’ Julian Robinson writes:
Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been reported.
The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of tackling clerical sexual abuse.
When police showed up, they found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity, local reports state.
Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.
Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.
The explosive claims were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357-2359 deals with chastity and homosexuality. This catechism applies to all Catholics and the Catholic clergy at every level, including the Pope. It reads as follows:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
Perhaps Pope Francis I should embrace these words, and the teachings of Holy Bible on sodomy, and purge the Church of homosexuals, lest he truly become the “Black Pope.”
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