Saturday, 11 April 2015

How the world reads us

Mr Ambassador, you're spoiling us
The following is taken from the BBC coverage of the "gay Ambassador" thing, (link here).

It is widely thought that Pope Francis is more tolerant of homosexuality than previous popes after remarking "who am I to judge?" in 2013.
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
But Pope Francis has said gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.
However, he suffered a setback in 2014 after the Catholic Church synod abandoned plans for wider acceptance of gay people.
The new serving staff will be quite a change!
Now, ignoring the issue at the heart of this, this is how the BBC sees the current situation.
  1. Pope Francis' off the cuff statement is taken to be official doctrine.
  2. The Church's position on homosexuality was thus different.
  3. Pope Benedict was bad and he was anti-gay.
  4. Pope Francis is good, and forgives gay clergymen.
  5. The Synod was going to change Church teaching.
 Again ignoring initial reactions about how we know that all of the five statements are incorrect, this is how the situation is being reported.

We can bang on about many things, but this is what the world is saying is true. And, yes, the BBC has a certain slant, but many, many people read it and get their information from it - me included.

This is what we are battling against.

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