Chaos Frank kicks it up a notch…
Francis tells Homosexual: “God made you like that”
[UPDATE 22-MAY-2018: America publishes follow-up interview with Juan Carlos Cruz]
Get ready, folks! We have a new “Who am I to judge?” moment, except this time it’s worse: Francis has told a sodomite that God made him a homosexual.
The story broke on May 19, when the Spanish El País newspaper published an interview with Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the victims of the sex abuse perpetrated by Fr. Fernando Karadima in Chile, which was allegedly covered up by “Bp.” Juan Barros. In response to the recent fallout from these Chilean abuse scandals, Francis had decided to meet personally with three of the victims the week of Apr. 30.
The original story and some additional information can be found here:
- “El Papa me pidió perdón, está espantado con los abusos, esto es un tsunami” (El País)
- “Cruz asegura que el Papa le dijo: ‘Dios te hizo gay'” (Info Vaticana)
- “Cruz Victim of sexual abuse of Karadima / LGBT activist, assures that Bergoglio confirmed him in his homosexuality” (4 Christum)
- “Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this'” (The Guardian)
- “Pope ‘says it is ok to be gay’ says Chilean clerical abuse victim after Vatican audience” (The Telegraph)
Francis’ words as reported by Cruz are the following, verbatim: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are” (translation by The Telegraph; Spanish original as reported in El País: “Juan Carlos, que tú seas gay no importa. Dios te hizo así y te quiere así y a mí no me importa. El Papa te quiere así, tú tienes que estar feliz con quien tú eres”).
These words are seriously wrong on many different levels.
First, the very idea of being gay, as it is called, is flawed. Sexual orientation is a made-up notion that does not reflect any reality. We cannot provide an in-depth critique of this now, but suffice it to say that while it is clear that there can be an experience of sexual attraction between members of the same sex, all sexuality is, by its very nature, oriented towards the other sex. That is how God made it, and He did so for the sole primary purpose of procreation: “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…” (Gen 1:27-28). Although there are many different kinds of sins against purity, any sexual act that defeats this procreative purpose is among the most heinous: “Worst among the sins of impurity, as such, are crimes of unnatural lust, for they exercise the sexual act, not only illicitly, but also in a manner that defeats its purpose of reproduction” (Rev. John A. McHugh & Rev. Charles J. Callan, Moral Theology, vol. 2 [New York, NY: Joseph F. Wagner, 1958], n. 2534; available online here.)
Second, by saying that God is the cause of same-sex attraction in Juan Carlos Cruz, Francis is blaspheming the Creator, for God desires all to be saved (see 1 Tim 2:4) and is not the cause of sin, which He hates: “In the morning I will stand before thee, and will see: because thou art not a God that willest iniquity…” (Ps 5:5); “But to God the wicked and his wickedness are hateful alike” (Wis 14:9); “Say not: He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of wicked men. The Lord hateth all abomination of error, and they that fear him shall not love it” (Ecclus [Sir] 15:12-13). That God condemns sodomy as sinful should hardly require proof: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination” (Lev 18:22); “Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:10).
Third, by telling Cruz that God loves his being sexually attracted to men, Francis is saying that God loves homosexuality, another staggering blasphemy and heresy that surely needs no further comment.
Fourth, Francis says, “I do not care.” That is the only part of his remarks that one can believe wholeheartedly. When it comes to matters of Faith and morals and to the salvation of souls, we can be certain that Francis doesn’t give a hoot. Truer words have never been spoken.
Fifth, even if it were not sinful to hold that God is the cause of same-sex attraction in sodomites, there is simply no way Francis could possibly know that God “made” Juan Cruz this way. There is neither divine revelation nor empirical science to that effect. For example, consider the expert opinion of Dr. Rudolf Allers, M.D., Ph.D. (1883-1963): “Obviously it is not an innate perversion which is unavoidable and for which there is no remedy. In many cases the mental background is easily discovered; in others the task is extremely difficult” (Dr. Rudolf Allers, Sex Psychology [Fort Collins, CO: Roman Catholic Books, 2006], p. 163; imprimatur 1937). Allers taught psychology at the Catholic University of America and “acted for seven years as an expert in the Ecclesiastical Court especially in matrimonial cases” (Matthew Hoehn, ed., Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches 1930-1947 [Newark, NJ: St. Mary’s Abbey, 1948], p. 7).
The very fact that human beings have wicked desires does not mean they are allowed to indulge in them. All sins and sinful inclinations have their root in original sin. Concupiscence, which is the continual inclination to do what is wrong, is one of the effects of original sin, and it is not wiped out by baptism. We must continually struggle to overcome concupiscence; hence the need for penance, mortification, prayer, and good works, all made fruitful and meritorious by the help of God’s grace.
But Francis, being a Naturalist, denies original sin and/or its consequences. He may pay lipservice to the true Catholic teaching, but in practice he denies it. We see this in his claim that somebody’s same-sex attraction is not an evil that must be disapproved of and fought (as must other inclinations to evil, whether that be adultery, covetousness, blasphemy, pride, detraction, or anything else) but is a good that God has implanted in him and is no cause for concern, disapproval, or shame. In his comment to Cruz, Francis is explicitly encouraging those afflicted with same-sex attraction to embrace this inclination as good and desired, nay created, by God Himself, and that he should be happy in it! What an audacious blasphemy!
St. Paul the Apostle, inspired by God Himself, had a different take on this. In his letter to the Romans he put things in perspective:
Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.
We must be clear that merely experiencing same-sex attraction is not sinful — sin is an act of the will, not a feeling. What is sinful is consenting to it, approving of it, acting on it, and claiming that such attraction is normal, legitimate, or healthy. It’s sinful because sexual attraction exists for sexual acts, and the primary purpose of sexuality is procreation, something that is intrinsically frustrated in unnatural acts.
Unnatural acts are, in the truest sense of the word, a perversion, meaning a turning away from the proper end (the Latin pervertere literally means “to turn to ill effect”). They are an abuse of the faculties God gave to man so he could produce offspring. As one moral theologian puts it: “The malice of sodomy consists in the perverted affection towards the wrong sex or in the attraction towards the wrong method of sexual gratification” (Rev. Heribert Jone, Moral Theology [Westminster, MD: The Newman Press, 1962], n. 230.2; italic and bold print given).
By telling Cruz that his perverted inclinations are created by God and that he should happily embrace them, Francis is implicitly encouraging the man to act on them, for it makes no sense to say that such inclinations are good and God-given and a way to happiness, yet there is no licit way to act on them.
In many cases it may very well be true that people who find themselves sexually attracted to people of the same sex have felt this way from the beginning of their lives and through no fault of their own. But that doesn’t mean that such attraction to the same sex is not wrong. It is still wrong; it is still disordered; it must still be resisted with the help of divine grace. As long as there is no consent of the will, there is no sin. But the fact remains that sexual attraction to the same sex is an evil. By analogy, someone may have been afflicted with diabetes from birth, without any fault of his own; but this does not mean that diabetes is not a disease, that it need not be treated, or that certain foods or situations need not be avoided in order to prevent the condition from doing harm to body or soul.
In Cruz’s case, it seems plausible that his same-sex attraction affliction has its origin in the frightening abuse he suffered at the hands of Fr. Karadima. It is a great tragedy! By telling Cruz that God approves of his same-sex attraction, Francis does not only blaspheme God, he also does a great disservice to Cruz. The victim of sex abuse is affirmed in sin, in a lifestyle that will most certainly not lead to happiness, neither in this world nor in the eternal world to come: “As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Francis is thus once again scandalizing souls, leading them to eternal ruin under the mask of charity. In fact, one may truthfully say that Francis is thus “finishing the job” Karadima started, the job of destroying Cruz’s soul.
People who suffer from sexual attraction to members of their own sex ought to be helped overcome this inclination, which, especially with the help of divine grace, can certainly be accomplished. The Dutch psychologist Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg has written a practical guide that is very accessible to the average reader, entitled The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-)Therapy for Homosexuality [San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1997]. (Disclaimer: Van den Aardweg is said to be linked to the Novus Ordo cult Opus Dei, so we urge caution in the reading of any of his works.)
To be reminded of how serious of an issue all this is, we need but have a look at Pope St. Peter’s summary of the consequences of persisting in sexual sin:
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly from temptation, but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented. And especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government, audacious, self willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming. Whereas angels who are greater in strength and power, bring not against themselves a railing judgment. But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption, receiving the reward of their injustice, counting for a pleasure the delights of a day: stains and spots, sporting themselves to excess, rioting in their feasts with you: Having eyes full of adultery and of sin that ceaseth not: alluring unstable souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction: Leaving the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity, but had a check of his madness, the dumb beast used to the yoke, which speaking with man’s voice, forbade the folly of the prophet. These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.
(2 Pet 2:9-17)
If God is the originator of homosexuality, as Francis maintains, then it follows either that God condones it, which is plainly contrary to Divine Revelation, or else that God is cruel and unjust, condemning people to hell for sins which He Himself approves of. Which of these two blasphemous ideas is the one Bergoglio desires to instill in souls, is obvious.
But there is more at stake here than “only” the immediate issue of whether God creates some people as being attracted to members of the same sex or not. By blasphemously making God the cause of homosexual attraction, Francis is providing the premise for all sorts of theological havoc that can — and will! — be exploited in due time by people seeking to advance the sodomite/LGBTQXYZ agenda. It is clear that his remarks legitimize, in principle, the entire absurd gender ideology which is currently making inroads into Western societies (for an overview of “genderism”, see here). Do not be misled: Although Francis has verbally condemned the gender madness as “demonic”, such rare reproofs will not be able to stop what follows logically from his erroneous premises. Ideas have consequences. Verbally complaining about such consequences does not deprive them of their force. Francis knows that, and counts on it.
This is a proven and effective method of spreading soul-destroying error: Instill dangerous and harmful premises in people’s minds, and let them draw the necessary conclusions. Once they are drawn, speak out against the conclusions while continuing, however, to affirm the premises that lead to them. Thus you will have firmly established false ideas in people’s minds and yet retain the semblance of opposing them. It is a masterful trick that allows the wolf to appear like a sheep while devouring the lambs.
For those who may think that we’re taking this all a bit too far or blowing it out of proportion, we would like to remind everyone of how much the Novus Ordo Sect has already conceded to the sodomite establishment and helped advance their cause: Simply peruse these posts on our blog, but be sure to keep a barf bag handy.
The ramifications this latest Bergoglian rubbish will have on the Novus Ordo Church and society cannot yet be estimated. If “Who am I to judge?” caused chaos, then this “God made you this way” remark will make the fit hit the shan.
The next few days should be interesting.
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