Do you ever get the feeling that you are living in a pontificate scripted like an old Monty Python skit? I certainly do, and I think our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear agrees with me:
The Holy Father has sent a letter praising Francesca Pardi for a children’s book in which an egg encounters all sorts of different families, including those headed by gay penguins and lesbian rabbits. The controversial book, which was banned in Venice, touched hearts at the Vatican. According to an article in The Guardian, the letter said:
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state.
This is what John Allen wrote in the National Catholic Reporter of the appointee of Pope Benedict:
Cables revealed as part of the Wikileaks scandal show how much diplomats rely on Wells for readings of the Vatican’s take on sensitive issues, such as the church’s sexual abuse scandals. Other players know the score, too. In 2010, when parishioners in Boston wanted to appeal the closing of nine local parishes, they consulted a couple of canon lawyers about the best way to get the pope’s attention, and the reply was to address the petition to Wells.
Wells, an American, is known as the guy whose ear you want when you want the Pope’s ear. He is not some low-level functionary.
The Bear will say this, after taking a deep breath. In all charity, obviously, this was not the doings of Pope Francis. The Vatican Secretariat of State may have its own agenda. People are always taking advantage of poor Holy Father, by shoving anti-fracking T-shirts or commiefixes into his hands, or misquoting him, or making up stories about phone calls they supposedly received from him.
This is a boilerplate letter, and the Pope probably never even saw the book. (The author apparently submitted her entire oeuvre, including seven or eight dealing with homosexual issues, along with a plaintive letter.)
How does the Bear know Pope Francis is innocent?
Because not even Pope Francis would approve of a book for young, impressionable children promoting homosexuality. Only a flat-out homosexual activist would abuse his position for such a purpose. This would constitute material assistance — through his endorsement — for a book even secular authorities found repulsive, a book that promotes homosexuality and same-sex unions to young children. “Woe to those who do; woe, woe to those who approve.”
Also, if he had, Michael Voris would have done a Vortex about it. Because if there’s one thing Michael Voris hates, it’s bishops who approve of homosexuality.
The Bear predicts that within 48 hours, we will see a retraction from the Vatican. And thus shall we know that the problem we have at Santa Marta is not a horror beyond all imagining.
UPDATE: Friday, the Vatican Press Office said: “In no way does the letter from the Secretariat of State mean to endorse behaviour and teachings not in line with the Gospel.” Oh, and it was supposed to be private. (The Bear isn’t some big shot diplomat, but if you decide to weigh in on a controversy Elton John has thrown a hissy fit about, chances are the aggrieved author is not going to keep a papal endorsement letter private. Just a hint for future reference, gentlemen.)
Well, there you go! This:
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,”
in reference to books promoting homosexuality to children is clearly not “endorsing” their content! What do you think the Bear’s chances are of getting Msgr. Wells to issue a similar statement on behalf of the Pope regarding this blog?
“Bear, His holiness is grateful for your tireless ursine activity in the service of the Church, and the spread of genuine Bearish and Christian values.”
Nah. If the Bear were aiming at first-graders to teach them what a great thing it was for homosexuals to co-habitate and obtain children was, he might have a chance.
Go here to read the comments. That the Holy See is currently controlled by crazy people is the most charitable interpretation of much that is currently going on at the Vatican. Pope Francis defenders sometimes argue, erroneously, that Pope Francis was picked by the Holy Spirit. Considering some of the wretched popes that the Church has been cursed with I doubt that, unless God sometimes, in His all too justified wrath, gives us the Pope that we deserve and not the Pope that we need.