Pope Francis has been a refreshing liberalizing force in global Catholicism and a welcome change from Benedict’s regressive ideology. This Pope is a certifiable communist and seems more concerned with the actual lives of humans in the world than the minutia of canon, which is a big change over most Popes in history. So why is the Vatican again condemning gay-marriage?
It is especially baffling that the church continues to pursue this condemnation of same-sex marriage in light of the overwhelming support for it. Vast majorities in the US and Western Europe support gay-marriage and have for a decade, and even South American countries are beginning to show majority support in polling. So just who is the Vatican appealing to by issuing these sort of statements? The articles on the decree interestingly point out that it isn’t clear who “asked the question” in the first place.
The stock answer would be that this is to shore up support in South America, but polling about homosexual acceptance in most South American countries shows the trend working against the Vatican on this topic. Perhaps it is meant as a play to appeal to African congregations, but Catholicism in Africa isn’t exactly thriving these days. At the very least, why not simply stay silent on the issue, so as not to alienate the growing numbers of people who believe in equal rights for all people?