Ransom Notes May 21: The Pope’s Theology of Evil
Pope Francis has once again managed to use a private conversation as an opportunity to make a heretical statement, reserving the right to take it back or fall back on issue clarification, should the storm of outrage prove to be too furious.
According to Juan Carlos Cruz, an alleged victim of clerical sexual abuse, the Pope told him :
“Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter.“God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care.“The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”
As a matter of course the Vatican will neither confirm nor deny the comment. So far the outrage is mainly aimed at the Pope’s alleged expression of approval for homosexuality. But there are worse troubles lurking in the statement.
First, look at the contradictory logic that a child should be able to avoid. Cruz is either a victim or he is not. If he is not a victim of the infamous Father Karadima, the Pope has no business in speaking to an enemy of the Church. If he is a victim, it is because he was seduced or raped and, as a result, is condemned to spend his life as a homosexual.
That is the usual argument used over and over against the abusing priests: They have ruined their victims’ lives by turning them into homosexuals and often sexual predators. In other words, the victims were not born homosexual, they were corrupted by evil men, which means they were not made this way by God.
Of course the entire Gay Rights movement is built on lies and paradoxes, and this is one of the more prominent. They repeat, ad nauseam, the lie that homosexuals are born not made, and then go on to boast that their numbers are growing. How can that be? Setting aside anomalous cases and a few extremes, homosexuality is either genetic destiny or learned behavior. The mere fact that different cultures at different times have vastly different rates of incidence is a pretty good indication that for the most part being homosexuality is the result of changing fashions and the misfortunes of human existence.
If anyone takes just a cursory look at the incidence of mental illness, drug abuse, suicide, and sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals, he would not wish this plague upon his worst enemy. But here is a Catholic priest—a Pope no less—who says that our Creator his deliberately inflicted this pestilence on these pathetic people. Why? I used to know a very nice Calvinist lady who taught kindergarten. When a child came in late and sobbing because her pony died, she told the little girl,
“Maybe if you had loved Jesus more, He wouldn’t have taken away your pony.”
Complicating the ethics of the situation was the fact that the teacher and her husband had lost out in one of those factional fights that plague Calvinist conventicles. As I said, she was a very nice lady, but when human beings begin to speak in God’s name to justify the evil that befalls mankind, they are yielding to a very wicked temptation.
Pope Francis, if he actually said what is alleged, is far more guilty than the nice Calvinist lady, because for him, God is afflicting these poor people, not because he hates them but because he loves them. Such a being would be a more terrible “god” than H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. It would take a greater writer than Lovecraft to imagine such a demon.
|As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods.
They kill us for their sport.