Someone has to say the truth…
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By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
FRANCIS: First “Pope” to have favored homosexual civil unions
Special edition of Clarín, Argentina’s largest newspaper, with a special report by Bergoglio’s biographer, Sergio Rubin.
Francis, the first Cardinal from the Western Hemisphere to be elected as a successor of St. Peter, is being painted as a staunch conservative and traditionalist, mostly in Europe and the United States.
I have been saying from the first moment, that such reports are inaccurate, based on Bergoglio’s record.
Since Wednesday, March 13, when the former Cardinal Bergoglio received the majority of votes in the Conclave and became Francis– I immediately began to report on his background, providing detailed information, which shows Bergoglio’s betrayal of sacred and non-negotiable Roman Catholic traditions and teachings.
Clarín is Argentina’s largest newspaper. On Sunday, March 17 Clarín published a special edition on Francis and his life, leading up to his last day as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Buenos Aires.
Bergoglio’s biographer, Sergio Rubin, wrote a special report in the aforementioned edition of Clarín, outlining (on page 8) how Bergoglio had shrewdly approached the issue of gay marriage, by taking a “moderate” approach in support of homosexual civil unions– and instructing his peers to do the same. The Episcopate of Argentina (the equivalent of the USCCB) opposed him– and Bergoglio was forced to confront the issue.
This is unprecedented— and makes Francis the first “Pope” to have favored homosexual civil unions.
TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH by Marielena Montesino de Stuart. [My comments appear inside brackets]:
“Bergoglio became the leading exponent of the moderate wing of the Church in Argentina, after a long conservative dominance. Bergoglio applied great political shrewdness and distanced himself from reactionary policies [traditional / conservative policies] and proposed to his peers an accommodating attitude when approaching the debate over the gay marriage law. He believed, first, that Kirchner [Argentina’s president] would resort to everything, by any means possible, in order to pass the law. On the other hand, he thought that a tough stance by the Church would be counterproductive. This is why he favored the acceptance of civil unions and a moderate approach. However, this was the only time he lost a vote in the Episcopate. The hardliners won.”
ORIGINAL TEXT IN SPANISH:
«Bergoglio se convirtió en el principal exponente del ala moderada de la Iglesia argentina después de una larga hegemonía de los conservadores. De gran olfato político y distante de las posiciones reaccionarias, propuso a sus pares una actitud contemporizadora cuando se avecinaba el debate por la ley de matrimonio gay. Creía, por un lado, que Kirchner haría todo, apelando a buenas y malas artes, con tal de que se aprobara la ley. Y, por el otro lado, pensaba que un discurso duro de la Iglesia iba a ser contraproducente. Por eso, se inclinaba por la aceptación de la unión civil y por un discurso moderado. Sin embargo, fue la única vez que perdió una votación en el Episcopado. Ganó la posición dura .»
The official spokesman for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires also issued the following statements to the press:
On March 4, 2010 Federico Wals [LINKEDIN Profile] who served for six years as Cardinal Bergoglio’s press secretary and personal assistant, made the following statements to Veintitrés InfoNews in Buenos Aires, regarding Bergoglio’s position on homosexual civil unions. Translation into English provided as a courtesy by Marielena Montesino de Stuart. [Translator’s comments appear in brackets]:
Federico Wals, vocero de Bergoglio, explicó a Veintitrés los detalles de la posición eclesiástica: “La postura del arzobispo es en clara defensa del sistema jurídico, de la ley de matrimonio, los tratados internacionales y los artículos del Código Civil que se refieren siempre a la unión entre hombre y mujer. Un matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo no puede ser tal, ya que no cumple con los requisitos fundamentales: están violando la ley. Nos oponemos por una cuestión jurídica, no por motivos religiosos. No buscamos discriminar a las uniones de personas del mismo sexo. No tenemos una mirada fanática. Lo que estamos pidiendo es que se respeten las leyes”, detalló.
[TRANSLATION]: Federico Wals, spokesman for Bergoglio, explained to Twenty Three [News service] the details of the ecclesiastical position: “The position of the Archbishop [Bergoglio] is in clear defense of the legal system, of the marriage law, the international treaties and the articles of the Civil Code, which always refer to the union between a man and a woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex cannot be such, since it does not comply with the fundamental requirements: they are violating the law. We are opposed based on a legal principle, not for religious motives. We are not trying to discriminate against unions by persons of the same sex. We do not have a fanatical view. What we are asking is that the laws be respected” he [Bergoglio’s spokesman] specified.
–¿No cree que las leyes se pueden cambiar a medida que las sociedades se transforman?
[TRANSLATION]: Don’t you think that the laws can be changed as societies are transformed?
–Es cierto, pero hay que ver qué tipo de modificación de la ley. Estamos abiertos a un debate para tratar las modificaciones que se van dando. Creemos que hay que plantear un proyecto de unión civil más completo del que existe, pero no de matrimonio. Queremos que se discuta en el Congreso. No estoy en condiciones de decir qué derechos implicaría la unión civil entre personas del mismo sexo. Habría que ver qué se propone. Hay que establecer un debate en el buen sentido. Entendemos que los tiempos han cambiado y ellos también, por supuesto, tienen derecho: hay que buscarle la forma jurídica que lo enmarque.
[TRANSLATION]: That’s true, but one has to see what type of modification of the law. We are open to a debate to discuss the modifications that are proposed. We believe that a more complete civil union project must be presented, from [compared to] the current one, but not marriage. We want a discussion in Congress. I am not in a position to say what rights would be involved in the civil union between persons of the same sex. One would have to see what is proposed. A debate must be established, in a good sense. We understand that times have changed– and they too, of course, have rights: we must find a legal way to define this.
My final comments:
May God help save the present and future generations of Catholics that will continue to be misled into an immoral abyss– and may God protect Holy Mother Church. Given Bergoglio’s disturbing record, parents must make critical decisions– now more than ever– to make certain that their children are properly formed as Roman Catholics. Someone has to say the truth… ♔
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Special issue of Clarín in PDF:
Also available here:
My observations (dated March 16) regarding Francis’s refusal to be called “Pope” –were finally noted on March 27 by the mainstream media (Associated Press): Pope reluctant to be pope: What does it mean? http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pope-reluctant-be-pope-what-does-it-mean (available in PDF here).
Meanwhile, the mainstream Catholic media, assorted vaticanisti– and those riding the coattails of Bishops and Cardinals– appear to be terrified to confront this issue with courage. At most, they are dancing ever-so-lightly around this ‘elephant in the room’. Proof that TheRomanCatholicWorld.com is where you need to be, in order to read honest and tenacious opinions, authored and signed by this writer.
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