Do It In the Name of Heaven

A bishop's mitre, white with elegant golden trim along its base and up its centre, with two tails aback.

I am not a cynic on Pope Francis; though he's clearly very well managed in terms of PR, I do believe there is a meaningful difference between this pope and his predecessor which has the potential to, perhaps, bear some fruit down the road."Potential" is the operative word there, however. The Advocate's bestowal of its "Person of the Year accolade on the pontiff is unconscionable in light of the fact that Pope Francis' record remains resolutely anti-LGBT; his particular gentle approach is a welcome change in tone, but in practise it merely de-italicises the Church's standing antipathy to LGBT people. To simply say "don't judge the queers" is redolent of the "hate the sin, love the sinner" pseudo-compassion that drives a particular strain of prejudice among the spiritually inclined. Even just considering the narrow band of issues that animate The Advocate's editors, Francis has not been terribly encouraging-- his spirited opposition to Argentina's tranche of progressive LGBT and … [Read more...]