On the heels of Rome’s LGBT pride parade last weekend, Pope Francis immediately marched out and made some blandly offensive proclamations regarding the sanctity of marriage. “Children mature seeing their father and mother [happy],” he droned airily, to an audience of 25,000 dozy worshippers. “What great richness this diversity is, a diversity which becomes complementary, but also reciprocal. It binds them, one to the other.”
Um, we’re not sure what that’s even supposed to mean, but his statement clearly excludes a number of people in one fell swoop — single parents and LGBT parents not least among them. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT advocacy group DignityUSA, took umbrage with his rhetoric: “This leads to the refusal to honor and support families that don’t look like the model held up by church officials,” she told The Huffington Post.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of Catholic LGBT advocacy group New Ways Ministry, wholeheartedly agrees: “Pope Francis’ message… is harmful to many others in the Catholic Church: single-parent families, families where emotional and physical abuse occurs, families who are separated geographically because of political or economic situations, to name a few.”
When the Pope visits Philadelphia in September, Duddy-Burke plans to sit him down with a handful of gay couples so they can share their stories. “Sizable majorities of Catholics readily embrace their LGBT members,” she said. “They are impatient for the leadership to catch up!”
While she’s at it, she should tell him to stop comparing marriage to “a good wine.” Because that’s just wack.