It didn’t take long to figure out what type of new Pope was selected by the conclave of Cardinals. All you had to do was read what liberals were saying about him. They were hoping in the Obama style of “hope and change” that the new Pope would be like them – pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, and anti-traditional. Well, they were wrong, and I love it.
Pope Francis I “is an ardent opponent of same-sex marriage . . . In 2010, he wrote, “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
The Church has lost its moral voice on sexual issues, including its condemnation of homosexuality, because it has dragged its feet on enacting disciplinary measures on priests until after the fact. The time is now for a homosexual house cleaning.
In addition to his opposition to homosexuality, new Pope Francis I is also opposed to abortion. This is a double whammy in the liberal world. To oppose two liberal sacraments will bring down the full wrath of the liberal establishment on him.
In 2007, he called abortion a “death sentence” for the unborn. He seems to be willing to apply sanctions on Catholics who support abortion by denying them Communion. This would mean people like Andrew Cuomo who has overseen the passage of one of the most liberal abortion laws in the country and also attends a Catholic Church with his live-in girlfriend. Denying Communion to a Christian does not mean much to non-Christians and even to many Christians, but in biblical terms it’s serious business (1 Cor. 11:23–34).
“In the Aparecida Document, a document that represents a joint statement by Latin American church leaders but presented by Francis in 2007, the leaders stated, ‘we should commit ourselves to “eucharistic coherence,” that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortions, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.’”
Don’t get me wrong. The Catholic Church has its problems (as do many Protestant churches). I’m hoping the new Pope will clean house, especially among priests that have entered the priesthood to use the Church as a cover for their homosexuality.
If there is one thing the Catholic Church should reform it’s the requirement that priests not marry. There is no biblical support for a non-married priesthood. Priests in the Old Testament were married. The High Priest Aaron was married to Elisheba (Ex. 6:23).
Peter, who is said to have been the first Pope, was married. Peter had a mother-in-law: “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever” (Matt. 8:14). Peter, the other apostles, and the brothers of Jesus had wives: “Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?” (1 Cor. 9:5) “Simon” was Peter’s name before Jesus changed it to “Cephas,” which is translated as “Peter” and means “stone” or “rock” (John 1:42; 1 Cor. 1:12; 3:22; 15:5; Gal. 1:18; 2:9, 11, 14).
In addition, the new Pope needs some instruction on sound economic policies. Socialism, no matter how well intended, does not work and is not the economic system of the Bible.
Thousands of reporters were following the voting process. Many of these same reporters have been religion bashers. Their interest in religion is only to denigrate it so they can live as they please without any moral restraints, including not having to tell the truth in the stories they report on.