Pope demotes anti-gay cardinal as Vatican refuses to codify watered-down gay statment

Hey, it’s fascinating that the Vatican is in any turmoil at all over its position on gays. That’s progress in and of itself.

I wrote last week about a new Vatican report, written by cardinals hand-picked by the Pope, which included a section on “welcoming” gays.

Well, conservative Catholic leaders were having none of it, and they got the Pope’s men to pull back the welcome-wagon.

Okay, maybe just a little.

Okay, maybe just a little.

But even that wasn’t enough, as the now-weak-tea language still got voted down.

At the same time, news comes that the Pope himself has demoted a conservative Catholic cardinal working in the Vatican. That cardinal then tattles to Buzzfeed, giving them some awfully nasty quotes about the Pope, including the claim that the Pope is “weakening” the church.

More from Buzzfeed:

If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.

“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no, it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not stating “openly what his position is.”

The Pope isn’t observing his mandate, and has “done a lot of harm” to the church?

So much for papal infallibility.

The thing is, we seem to be witnessed actual turmoil at the highest levels of the Catholic church, over us. And that ain’t nothing.

It would seem, by the reactions of conservatives, that this Pope was serious about forging a kinder and gentler Rome.

And judging by a new PEW poll, we can see one of the reasons why: A majority of young American Catholics support gays. (The old ones aren’t so bad, either.) It appears the Catholic church is facing the same problem as our own Republican party — demographics.


Judging by the backlash and all the intrigue, it almost makes you wonder about those “far-fetched” rumors about John Paul I.

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