Friday, August 28, 2015

Pope Praises Homosexual Book for Young Children

[Update: various pieces of information contained in this article, its update and comments have been pulled together in a more organized fashion, including more complete analysis here.]

The Holy Father has sent a letter praising Francesca Pardi for a children's book in which an egg encounters all sorts of different families, including those headed by gay penguins and lesbian rabbits. The controversial book, which was banned in Venice, touched hearts at the Vatican. According to an article in The Guardian, the letter said:

“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state.

This is what John Allen wrote in the National Catholic Reporter of the appointee of Pope Benedict:

Cables revealed as part of the Wikileaks scandal show how much diplomats rely on Wells for readings of the Vatican's take on sensitive issues, such as the church's sexual abuse scandals. Other players know the score, too. In 2010, when parishioners in Boston wanted to appeal the closing of nine local parishes, they consulted a couple of canon lawyers about the best way to get the pope's attention, and the reply was to address the petition to Wells.

Msgr. Wells
Wells, an American, is known as the guy whose ear you want when you want the Pope's ear. He is not some low-level functionary.

The Bear will say this, after taking a deep breath. In all charity, obviously, this was not the doings of Pope Francis. The Vatican Secretariat of State may have its own agenda. People are always taking advantage of poor Holy Father, by shoving anti-fracking T-shirts or commiefixes into his hands, or misquoting him, or making up stories about phone calls they supposedly received from him.

This is a boilerplate letter, and the Pope probably never even saw the book. (The author apparently submitted her entire oeuvre, including seven or eight dealing with homosexual issues, along with a plaintive letter.)

How does the Bear know Pope Francis is innocent?

Because not even Pope Francis would approve of a book for young, impressionable children promoting homosexuality. Only a flat-out homosexual activist would abuse his position for such a purpose. This would constitute material assistance -- through his endorsement -- for a book even secular authorities found repulsive, a book that promotes homosexuality and same-sex unions to young children. "Woe to those who do; woe, woe to those who approve."

Also, if he had, Michael Voris would have done a Vortex about it. Because if there's one thing Michael Voris hates, it's bishops who approve of homosexuality.

The Bear predicts that within 48 hours, we will see a retraction from the Vatican. And thus shall we know that the problem we have at Santa Marta is not a horror beyond all imagining.

UPDATE: Friday, the Vatican Press Office said: "In no way does the letter from the Secretariat of State mean to endorse behaviour and teachings not in line with the Gospel." Oh, and it was supposed to be private. (The Bear isn't some big shot diplomat, but if you decide to weigh in on a controversy Elton John has thrown a hissy fit about, chances are the aggrieved author is not going to keep a papal endorsement letter private. Just a hint for future reference, gentlemen.)

Well, there you go! This:

His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,”

in reference to books promoting homosexuality to children is clearly not "endorsing" their content! What do you think the Bear's chances are of getting Msgr. Wells to issue a similar statement on behalf of the Pope regarding this blog?

"Bear, His holiness is grateful for your tireless ursine activity in the service of the Church, and the spread of genuine Bearish and Christian values."

Nah. If the Bear were aiming at first-graders to teach them what a great thing it was for homosexuals to co-habitate and obtain children was, he might have a chance.

22 comments:

  1. How could Francis do such a thing? I'm
    Shocked and Horrified. Psyche. ;-)

    Just another day in Francisland.

    Seattle Kim

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    1. Kim! Where is your charity and filial respect? There is nothing, NOTHING that would make a person think that Pope Francis would be capable of such a vile, possibly demented, act. Give the Holy Father time to react. The Bear is certain we shall see Msgr. Wells sacked before the end of next week!

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    2. Time to react, Bear? That's a good one.

      We are still awaiting Francis' repudiation of the hammer-and-sickle crucifix gift he wears/wore and evidently treasures.

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    3. Well, technically the Vatian DID issue a retraction. They're in damage control mode now, which is the only encouraging bit in this fiasco. I'm just a humble Bear (the Bear loves telling people how humble he is, because, you know, they'll believe it) but it looks like they threw Msgr. under the bus. They put it all on him and made him look like an idiot. It is hard to believe, though, that he did not at least have the sense of the Holy Father on the controversy, since John Allen says he's the guy people look to to find how the Vatican is leaning. Did the Pope read the books and tell Msgr. to give his blessing to the content? Probably not, but maybe. Did the Pope wish to express his position on the controversy? Almost certainly. Either that or Msgr. is not as savvy as his reputation leads us to believe. The Pope should do to Msgr. as he did to Cardinal Burke. Like THAT's going to happen.

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  2. "Let the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out."

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  3. "Human and Christian values". That says a lot.

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  4. Maybe the Bear's irony proved to be the truth. See update on article.

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  5. Instead of getting curiouser and curiouser, it is getting worser and worser. Just in time for the Synod, and valuing sodomy.

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    1. One might be tempted to think the Vatican got one put over on it, except this all happened in the context of a huge controversy over the new mayor of Venice banning a lot of books, including this author's. Elton John even threw a hissy fit. This can only be read as the Vatican -- at whatever level -- taking a position on the controversy. The only real question remaining is whether Msgr. Wells, the powerful American in the Secretariat, got direct and knowing approval from his holiness himself, or whether authority to take such positions and write such letters has been delegated to or arrogated by Msgr. Wells. If the latter, he should be sacked. If the former... well, in charity, absent evidence, Pope Francis must be considered as not having any culpable involvement. The problem is it is too easy for people to imagine our "Who am I to judge?" Pope expressing just such sentiments as the official letter said he did.

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    2. "well, in charity, absent evidence, Pope Francis must be considered as not having any culpable involvement."

      GAAAAWWWWWWWW...how much evidence do we need???
      That's not charity; that's inanity! (in all charity)

      It was in his name! He could deny it, he could rectify it, he could oust the snake. He will do NONE of the above. These guys are so incredibly oily...there's a reason they wanted it to remain private, just like they wanted the comment, "a little bread, and little wine does no harm" to remain private. Francis's been throwing out all kinds of trial balloons and signals of late about the changes he wants to see enacted; changes that, according to one of his top aides, he wants to make sure are 'permanent and impossible to turn back'. That scares the living **** out of me.

      October's gonna be a horror...an utter horror.

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    3. Sometimes the Bear says things just to watch the Badger foam at the mouth.

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  6. "fruitful"? dude. not fruitful.

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  7. If I conclude correctly from your writing, the Msgr. should be unpacked and sacked! Otherwise, the writing is on the wall...

    (Bear, please delete if this is my 2nd post. I get anxious signing on with googlet)

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    1. The guy is uber connected, according to John Allen. You just don't sack people like him over something like this. They think they'e handled it, and know it will blow over. But, of course you're right, that's what SHOULD happen if the Vatican wanted to demonstrate firm resolve that homosexuality not be encouraged.

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  8. never mind...the writing IS on the wall.

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  9. This is disgusting. I'm totally confused by how to reconcile this letter with his message to the Knights of Columbus (http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/08/05/pope_francis_sends_greetings_to_k_of_c_convention/1163144), which includes this statement,
    "As he prepares to visit Philadelphia next month for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, the Holy Father expresses deep appreciation for the steadfast public witness which your Order has borne to our Christian understanding of marriage and the family. Elevated by the Savior to the dignity of a sacrament, marriage is, in the Creator’s plan, a natural institution, a life-long covenant of love and fidelity between a man and a woman, directed to their perfection and sanctification, and to the future of our human family. Today, when the institution of marriage is under attack from powerful cultural forces, the faithful are called to bear witness to this basic truth of biblical faith and natural law, which is essential to the wise and just ordering of society."

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  10. Either the Pope KNEW or Wells has blindsided him and somehow managed to pull the wool over his eyes big time as 'wolves' are known to do. I would say this: If all these blunders coming out of the Vatican and particularly from the Holy Father (and there have been too many to count at this point) have been a deceptive conspiracy to keep him in the dark and distort his words and actions by the wolves that surround him, it has been one of the biggest and most unbelievable, deceptive conspiracies in the history of the Church. Unrealistic to the point of absurdity.

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    1. The question the Bear doesn't know is this: does a powerful member of the secretariat have the authority to speak in the name of the Pope on a matter of controversy -- and that is the key point to remember in all this; this has been a Big Deal since June -- without getting his express approval? If so, that's one thing. If not, the Msgr. overstepped and put his boss in a bad light. Having said that, there is every reason to believe the Pope would feel sympathy for the author. Her letter to him specifically denies promoting homosexuality. One can easily imagine the Holy Father instructing Wells to review the books and "send a nice letter." But Pope Francis is already the "Who am I to judge?" Pope, so scandals like this are inevitable and damaging, no matter who did what. Ultimately, this gets laid at the feet of Pope Francis, unless he puts Wells' head on a pike -- which ain't gonna happen. These are like Bill Clinton's "Bimbo Eruptions." They keep happening for a reason, and each one makes the next easier to believe.

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  11. Just a suggestion. If your intent is to be charitable, you might want to change the headline. Putting a "?" at the end may help. Cheers.

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    1. If there was a doubt that the letter was sent in the Pope's name, by an official withe apparent authority to do so, and the only "clarification" issued by the Vatican not denying that the action was taken with the Pope's knowledge, then a question mark might be warranted. As things stand now, we know the Pope really did, through his secretariat, personally encourage the author. The Vatican has never said otherwise. Right not we're stuck with the fact. The degree of the Pope's culpability is indeed a question, but not that fact that he encouraged the author. Pope Francis owns this. How big "this" is remains to be seen.

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    2. P.S. sometimes the Bear can't even tell when he's being ironic, too. And he's genuinely conflicted. He wants it not to be true, but can't escape the reality.

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