Pushing The Pope?

Pope Francis Meets With Tim Cook, Continues To Send Mixed Messages


Pope Francis met with openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Vatican earlier this week, though details of the meeting are under wraps for now.

Lately, Pope Francis has been sending mixed signals when it comes to support of the LGBT community. Last year, he met with antigay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and a gay couple within days of one another, and just recently he clarified his earlier “who am I to judge?” statements in regards to LGBT people with more confusing doublespeak.

There’s no question where Cook stands on the issue of LGBT equality. Since coming out, he’s been active and vocal in his support of the community, and some hope that he used his time with Pope Francis to share some of those views.

In 2014, Cook said that he considered being gay “among the greatest gifts God has given me,” and he recently stated that discrimination needs to be “pushed back, challenged, overcome and then kept at bay.” We can’t think of a better opportunity to push back than to meet privately with the Pope.

The Pope’s most recent statements regarding gay marriage are outdated at best and homophobic at worst. Speaking to members of the Vatican court last week, he said:

“There can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union. The family, founded on indissoluble matrimony that unites and allows procreation, is part of God’s dream and that of his Church for the salvation of humanity.”

The focus on the family sounds so familiar, you’d think there was an organization named after it or something. Not to lump Pope Francis in with the radical Christian right, but it’s clear to see that both have a long way to go when it comes to LGBT rights.

Let’s hope Tim Cook got the chance to school him a bit.

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  • Xzamilio

    Just more examples of how religion and “God” depend on the person believing in it. It’s a shame I’ll be dead and gone by the time the majority of the world pushes this sky daddy BS into the darkness of the past.

  • Chris Quigley

    Pope Francis most likely met with Tim Cook to discuss slave labour not gay rights.

  • Dave Basora

    There’s no mixed message. He’s never been an ally! He’d rather protect criminal pedophiles than support us in any meaningful way. The only mixed thing happening here is everyone else’s reading the truth yet hearing and processing the Bulls-t they want

  • Tobi

    “He gets 30 minutes and gifts me an Apple Watch Edition”.

  • Brian

    Oh, please, if anybody is giving out mixed signals it’s Tim Cook. Tim Cook’s job is to gallivant around the world making money and meeting with individuals who will smooth his path to making money.

    I have never considered Tim Cook an ally and never will. He can be as gay-identifying as he wants but I don’t consider him an ally.

  • Stached1

    @Dave Basora: Very true. He also just wants Tim Cook’s money as if the Vatican and Roman Catholic church do not have enough money, wealth, and priceless artwork and artifacts that they consider to be ‘gifts’.

  • Typhon

    @Xzamilio: Well said dude… Pope francis is at best an occasionally congenial face on a wretched dogma. The bible is explicit, male homosexuals are to be killed… no way to put a pretty face on that without indulging in intellectual dishonesty or absurd metal gymnastics as some christian-gays do. If you don’t expect anything from the pope in this respect you won’t be disappointed, wipe the dust from your shoes and keep moving.

  • paulbear30

    What a ludicrous charge. The conversation of religion and sex(uality) on both sides is muddied by infuriatingly vague or euphemistic language. For example, I’m still trying to figure out what the fuck a “homosexual act” is, and why a sizable amount of supposed gay people who are quick to dismiss religion and spirituality can’t take the fucking initiative of starting the conversation. Why can’t a rich bitch like Tim Cook engage the Pope with “Oh and btw, what exactly is it that I’m not supposed to do with my partner? Can we shop together, have dinner together, rest in the same bed, kiss, hug..WHERE is this line that shouldn’t be crossed”? But of course directness makes too much sense! This situation is like a sideshow where all parties agreed beforehand to only swipe at phantoms.

  • o.codone

    “The bible is explicit, male homosexuals are to be killed” I thought for a moment you were talking about that religion of pig haters, Islam. You know, Hillary Clinton’s friends. Our enemy. Bet your voting for Hill, right? Better not bro.

    And, at the end of the article focus on the family is referred to as the “radical Christian right”. Can’t you guys just give the name calling a rest?

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