But the Holy Father shunned all the pomp and papal protocol to focus on Jesus not the pope, but since he doesn't hide himself under the papal protocol, he's become the focus and not Jesus and something Pope Francis himself laments. Maybe Pope Benedict had it right? Or, is the media, no matter their anti-Catholic positions on a wide range of ideological issues trying to divide and conquer the Catholic Church by pitting believing Catholics against the post-modern, post Catholic world and the Catholics who have bought into this ideology lock, stock and barrel? After all, apart from the Holy Father's statement that if a gay person seeks the Lord (remember seeking the Lord is referenced, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church) whom am I to judge? I think most bishops and priests would say the same thing, including this humble blogger.
Yet, the gay publication The Advocate that makes the Pope their person of the year lists as villains The People Who Excommunicated This Guy: (guess what? It was Pope Francis!)
encouraging words from Pope Francis regarding the acceptance of gay
priests, the recent excommunication of a pro-LGBT priest speaks to the
deep-rooted homophobia that still exists within the hierarchy of the
Catholic Church. Father Greg Reynolds, a priest in Australia, received a letter dated May 31
that informed him of his severance from the Catholic faith, an act that
is usually reserved for those that commit atrocious crimes like
pedophilia. Though the letter, which had to be translated from Latin,
did not provide a reason for the excommunication, Reynolds said that
"I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on
women’s ordination and gay marriage." His archbishop, Denis Hart, later
confirmed that Reynolds had been excommunicated for preaching "contrary
to the teachings of the church."
Now images from the liberal media's cover-boy: