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Santorum Tries To Do Damage Control Over Pontiff’s Gay Priests Remark

Rick Santorum in his favorite milieu (by Lockerz)

Rick Santorum in his favorite milieu (by Lockerz)

Rick Santorum just doesn’t know when to go away. Now, he is lashing out at the media for, supposedly, taking Pope Francis’ comments on gays out of context and claiming that the Roman Catholic Church is not softening on the issue.

Pope Francis recently told reporters that “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lorde and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Santorum is one of those Catholics who falls on the extremely Conservative end of the spectrum. These Conservative Catholics are upset with Pope Francis for daring to not politicize abortion and same-sex marriage. Earlier this week, Cardinal Dolan tried to walk back the pontiff’s remarks as well. Both men want to see Catholic doctrine written into US law.

Santorum stated that “I’ve read the whole transcript, and what he said early on was that ‘I don’t know anybody who puts gay on their identification card.’ He said it in that context. I think all believers need to understand that we need to respect and love everybody and treat everybody with dignity and respect. There’s no room for harshness in respect to this issue — but that doesn’t mean the church doesn’t have the right to believe what is right and wrong.”

Santorum’s attempt to contextualize Pope Francis’ statements fail on several levels. Everyone was pretty certain that the pontiff was talking about gay priests. What was remarkable was not the statements themselves, but the tone they struck. They did not mark a departure of the official line that the Vatican has taken on homosexuality, but rather, mark a departure from the combative stance that Pope Benedict XVI took.

By and large, Santorum and Dolan’s branch of the Catholic Church have been big on pretending to be nice to LGBT people while continuously attacking and degrading them.

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  1. Scott Rose

    August 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    For the record, I proudly put GAY on my identification card.