E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor spot, is not happy with Pope Francis I. Jackson has especially criticized the pontiff for his remarks about how the Catholic Church is “obsessed” with same-sex marriage and abortion.
Francis is still critical of same-sex marriage and abortion, even calling abortion part of the “throw-away culture”, but he has taken a far softer tone than the aggressive attacks that his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI did.
Jackson said at an event at the Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg, VA that “I know even the pope has said when we talk about these things, we imply a kind of intolerance. That is not the point at all. The point is to be true to the word of God. The point is to stand up and tell the truth. There is no better way found, ever, to raise children than with a mother and a father in the home. Even sociologically, you can make the argument.”
Jackson missed, apparently, the fact that Pope Francis has been urging the Catholic Church to focus more on healing the sick, providing for the poor, alleviating poverty, and helping the needy. He has not said that the Church should abandon their teachings on homosexuality or abortion.
In fact, the Pope said that the “church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
Jackson is a noted and virulent homophobe who has said things that even his running mate, Ken Cuccinelli, has dared not to say in public.