Monday, July 29, 2013

Why Jorge Bergoglio's Stance On Gays Is Nothing About Which To Get Excited

The internet is usually a good friend of mine, gentle readers. I am inclined to think that it brings me everything I need on a silver platter -- the news, social events, entertainment, and (occasionally) enough to anger me that I have decent writing material. The news of the day, however, has been far less rewarding as from Facebook to Reddit and back again I have been inundated with the recent blurb of Pope Francis' stance on homosexuality that he verbalized after his return from Brazil and the sudden elation that everyone (including atheists) have been indulging in. Allow me, my friends, to give you his quote, here: 

"If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We cannot marginalize people." 

(photo courtesy of NPR)

And thus, the party begins. While everyone else has blanketed the internet with this twaddle in a sudden philosophy-and-politic-blurring fervor, I am left staring blankly at my screen wondering what in the hell everyone is so excited about. 

Let us be clear -- he has not accepted gay people into the throng of humanity, nor has he reversed Catholic doctrine on the subject. He has made a statement and nothing more. Action has not been taken, policy and theology have not been changed. Admittedly, this is a remarkable thing for a pontiff to say, but it's nothing more than verbal ejaculation nonetheless. If legitimate change were ever enacted in the name of His Holiness on the subject, we might have more to discuss. 

Furthermore, he has not even had the ability to say as much as we would want to hear, but rather made an incredibly insulting concession that readers and listeners have simply over-looked in their verve to find a pope not worth hating -- which is that he has negotiated the status of humanity to Christian homosexuals. It is enough to not be marginalized, not be judged, if one is a homosexual but also relegates all power and faith to the supernatural tyrant -- then they can escape the social excoriation that the religious were responsible for placing on them in the first place. Mr. Bergoglio, inasmuch as not even granting theological leeway towards homosexuality, has only had the grace to acknowledge the sapience of those within his own princedom. By tolerating only those who subscribe to his definition of goodness, marginalizing people is exactly what he has done.

Even so, who needs the pope to say something to make it true? If he were to take any social or political stance -- who cares? He, much like the Queen of England, is a person in a funny hat at the height of his relevance. The ego that making such a decree is an assertion of morality into a world that needed such insight is repulsive: a.) if his followers needed to hear it in order to believe it to be true, and b.) if such an idea required the validation of anyone.

More yet can be gleaned from this statement, gentle readers, if you dare to tread forward. My stomach is already turned by this servile nonsense. Perhaps you'd like to quit while you're ahead?

His Holiness also implies that "good will" and "searches for the Lord" are of moral tandem. While this is nothing new for religion and its leaders, to hold the card of morality and claim that they alone have discovered, refined, and enforced it in the history of our species, it is something that continues to repel me. Note as well, that until this statement, the idea of homosexuality was considered directly antipodal to the idea of good will in the Catholic lexicon. Francis' statement does not come with a remedy to the unthinkable number of years that the Church behaved despicably toward homosexuals before his remark -- nor does it even contain an apology for it. It is made with nonchalance, pretends that this fact is obvious, and does not seem to contain a hint of regret for past observations either by his predecessors nor by the institution for which he has dedicated his life and currently leads. 

Let us not forget, gentle readers, his statement immediately following which denies entrance of the clergy to women. It may be a step in the right direction that he is willing to publicly state his entertainment of the idea that homos are people if they are followers of Christ, but he and all before him have yet to acknowledge the humanity of one-half of our entire hominid kind. Those homosexuals who are members of the Catholic Church that wish to celebrate -- do so: but know that you are reveling over the remarks of a man who would never go so far for your mother, your sister, your best gal-pal, or anyone who has had the wonderful luck of being born with a vagina or those who do not have the capacity for credulity.

It is shameful for anyone who takes the remark of Mr. Bergoglio as a success -- or worse, as moral -- for the reason that no one has done it before, or that it is "progress of a kind", or that he has at last negotiated a small percentage of the moral truth that most of the world has acknowledged without his help. This is an unabashed ploy disguised as decency, for the sake of whichever, I am not clairvoyant enough to divine. But, merely by looking at his statement as it lies on the paper, we are well within our deductive arena to find that there is nothing about this worth supporting or condoning. Those who wish to capitulate in such a manner, please accept that such a statement excludes and dehumanizes far more than it seemingly heals, and this pontificate should be condemned for it.

He may be sitting in St. Peter's now, giggling merrily that he has made a large section of the world who previously reviled him with good reason to suddenly believe that he is an upstanding guy, but here is one reader he has not charmed with false pretext. He is, after all, the front man for the largest act of charlatanism in human history. 

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