Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has just been named the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Scholars and pundits will spend the next few weeks discerning what his appointment means, and what the faithful can expect from the newly minted Pope Francis in terms of tone and agenda.
But for the global LGBT community, it’ll likely be business as usual.
While he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio sent a missive to monasteries denouncing a bill that ultimately introduced marriage equality to Argentina:
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
Fortunately, Bergoglio’s spiteful words went unheeded—Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, making it the first country in South America to do so. It also extended adoption rights to gay couples, even though Bergoglio called allowing gays to adopt a form of child abuse
No, leaving your children alone in Vatican City is a form of child abuse.