Dems, MSM in panic mode as new Pope opposes abortion, gay marriage

Posted by: ST on March 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

Gosh darn it, why can’t the new Pope just “get with the times”? NBC – of course- exemplifies the type of focus our superficial, “progressive Christian” mainstream media has put on the new leader of the Catholic Church (bolded emphasis added by me):

Known as a compassionate Argentine archbishop who eschewed the trappings of his role to live amid his flock and who focused on the poor, Pope Francis will likely keep to Catholic teachings that reject abortion and same-sex marriage, experts said Wednesday.

Francis washed the feet of 12 AIDS victims living at a hospice in 2001, an action filled with symbolism in the Roman Catholic Church since it was reminiscent of Holy Thursday and the washing of the apostles’ feet by Jesus.

But in 2010, while Argentina was debating same-sex marriage legislation, he was quoted as calling the bill that ultimately passed “a plan to destroy God’s plan,” and said it was a “move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

He has also said gays and lesbians should not be allowed to adopt, according to Bernard Schlaeger of the Pacific School of Religion.

“The pope will be Catholic,” Professor Christopher J. Ruddy, an expert in church theology at the Catholic University of America, said of how he expected Francis to respond to some of the controversial social issues. “He speaks and he teaches what the Catholic church teaches on these issues.”

Nonetheless, gay and lesbian advocacy groups called on Francis to embrace LGBT people and their families.

“For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict’s short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely,” the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said in a statement.

You know what? I’m not a Christian snob, and I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Christian teachings, but I do know that homosexuality is one of the sins expressly condemned in the Bible – and in fact is called an “abomination.” It’s a sin alongside adultery, false gods, etc. Faith-immersed leaders are supposed to preach against sin, no matter what that sin is. They aren’t supposed to ignore it nor de-emphasize it and any pastor or priest who does so is doing a serious disservice not only to his faith but also to believers who come to them seeking more knowledge and/or clarification about the Word of God. The job of a pastor or priest is not to “modernize” in order to “keep up with changing times” …. because scripture doesn’t change, isn’t supposed to. Christians are supposed to know and understand well what sin is and what the consequences of it are. If the meaning of the Word of God is watered down to “whatever you want it to mean”, it might as well not even exist.

We’re all sinners, all imperfect – and for those of who are believers, the Word of God is supposed to be our guiding light, what we look to not just when we are facing tough times but also when times are good. While it’s true God’s Word seems to mean something different to almost everyone, there are certain things that are not “debatable” and sin is one of those little inconvenient (to the left) things that are really unquestionable. Sin is not acceptable in the eyes of God – period, no matter the sin – whether they be lies or sleeping around or murder or, yes, homosexuality. Liberals and their allies in LGBT groups like the one mentioned in the NBC article just can’t seem to understand why Christian leaders put so much emphasis on traditional marriage and the traditional family structure more than other sins. “Just leave us alone, don’t condemn!” they say. Well, that’s what they want you to think, anyway – that they simply want to be “left alone”, but in fact, Christian leaders put such a strong emphasis on the home and family so much because that is precisely what is under attack today by militant secularists and misguided “liberal Christians” both inside the church and outside of it who seek to “normalize” behavior that, according to God, is a sin.

Guess what? Even if there was one day is a Pope who doesn’t have an issue with abortion and alternative forms of marriage, according to the Word of God, it is wrong and that’s
never going to change. Not ever. No matter how many worldly declarations are made, how many laws are passed to “normalize” and “de-sin” behavior that is indeed sinful, God’s Word doesn’t change.

That’s a good thing, and I say all this as a Christian myself who knows she is a sinner but who also seeks guidance and forgiveness from God, and who also tries to help others in their Christian walk. I don’t ask God to make sins “ok” – I don’t ask Him to make it ok to lie, cheat, steal, etc. Why would I? I also don’t tell other sinners that their particular sins are “ok” to commit, but I will counsel them about sin when/if the opportunity presents itself. I also do NOT yell that other sinners are, “going to hell.” It’s not my place to make that judgment – it is God’s. But I can urge them to right themselves. That’s ministering to each other, something we are supposed to do. I’m thankful every day to God that His Word will never change, that the Bible – like the Constitution – in reality is not a “living document” that liberals and hardline secularists both in the media and elsewhere can mold into whatever they want it to mean. Well, they can try to change it, anyway but I suspect they’ll greatly regret it later, whether or not they are “successful” at it …

Final word from National Review’s Jim Geraghty in today’s Morning Jolt newsletter:

Was there any cardinal in the mix who, upon assuming the papacy, would step out onto the balcony, and declare, “Oh, hey, abortion, homosexuality and contraception are cool now”?

A couple times a year, Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne writes a column that says basically, “The Vatican has a big problem, because lots of American Catholics don’t agree with the pope.” It never seems to cross his mind that each pope and the Vatican collectively don’t really care that lots of American Catholics don’t agree with them. Or, more specifically, they would like American Catholics to agree with them, but they’re not willing to change what they teach as right and wrong based upon what the Gallup organization says American Catholics think. They think they get that material from the Man Upstairs. You may or may not agree with that assessment of Divine leadership, but the point is that the pope and the cardinals believe it, and they’re not going to be talked out of it by some pundit.

This is an institution that weathered the storms of the schism with the Orthodox and the Protestant Reformation. They’re not going to suddenly abandon their positions in the face of criticism from Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, or Andrew Sullivan.

And I pray they never will.

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  1. Chris in N.Va. says:

    NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!!

    Pope discovered to be *gasp! choke! spasm!* a —

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    Catholic!

    Ahhhh…sway, eyes roll back, swoon, fall to floor…

    Somebody get the smelling salts, quick, and revive the poor apoplectic MSM wannabe “objective” (well, objectionable, usually) journalist.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Personally, I’m OFFENDED!! Why wasn’t Obama selected as the new Pope?? I mean, he’s just as qualified to be Pope as he was to get the Nobel Peace Prize, right? Wait….I know….it’s RAAAACISM!!!

    OK, now to be serious:

    Here’s where the liberals and MSM (redundant, I know) get it wrong. Christians are taught to hate the sin, but love the sinner. Liberals take that to mean you have to endorse the sin, otherwise you’re falling short as a Christian. Since one of Alinsky’s rules is to make the enemy live up to his standards, that means, to them, that you’re a ‘hypocrite’, to be subject to all kinds of ridicule and all your future comments are to be dismissed as irrelevant.

    But as ST points out, divine standards do not change. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions. The Bible does not change depending on the latest polls, or election returns, or the latest celebrity fad in Hollywood or on campuses. And that’s one reason the leftists attack Christianity as rabidly as they do.

  3. Trish says:

    Great article, the Pope cannot change the teachings of the church even if he wanted to. Only the morons like our non-illustrious MSM would believe it was in his power to do so.
    Hilarious comments. All true, but hilarious too.

  4. marcus tullius cicero says:

    Obama is sending Crazy Uncle Joe to represent the US in the Vatican.
    Biden is a PRO-CHOICE advocate,ergoa Catholic that by Church Dogma a candidate for EXCOMMUNICATION.
    Nice touch for Godless Obama….

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”–Leviticus 18:22

  6. Our esteemed hostess wrote:

    I’m not a Christian snob, and I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Christian teachings, but I do know that homosexuality is one of the sins expressly condemned in the Bible – and in fact is called an “abomination.”

    Actually, it is homosexual activity which is condemned in both the Old and New testaments, not the condition of being homosexual, and that’s a huge difference. The Church’s position is spelled out in the Catechism:

    §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.

    As a heterosexual, I am allowed to have sexual intercourse with one person, my wife; homosexuals are allowed sex with only one person fewer.

    It is, as the Church says, a sore trial for them, but that we might have sympathy for their plight does not change God’s given law.

  7. H Hazell says:

    Like others here, I was completely unsurprised when it was revealed that the new Pope is Catholic.

  8. “The pope will be Catholic,”

    Amazing how we have to explain that to progressives. They just can’t understand that the Church is a religious organizations that can’t change doctrine if it wanted to.

    It seems basic, but we should also point out that the Church is a 2000 year old institution, and has not merely “survived” that long but has truly prospered, with some 1.2 billion adherents worldwide. You would think this would give it’s critics pause, but no.

    “I do know that homosexuality is one of the sins expressly condemned in the Bible.”

    You are correct, and rather that cite passages people can Google around themselves and easily find them.

    Adding to what Catholic Dana said, we do need to make clear though that what is condemned, and what is a sin, is the homosexual acts themselves. It is not a sin to have homosexual tendencies or desires. Being tempted is never a sin; giving in to temptation is where the sin lies.

    Finally, ST, I thought your last three paragraphs were quite strong. Thank you and I agree.

  9. Carlos says:

    Progs and the LSM (sorry for repeating myself) would be aghast at a frog if that frog could be proven to have a moral compass. That (a moral compass) is the wooden stake to any prog, socialist or liberal. Relativism is the lifeblood of anyone who would control the masses (sorry for the play on words there.)