Open Letter to Pope Francis

Oct 23, 2020 by

by Andrew Comiskey, Desert Stream:

Dear Pope Francis,

Thank you for assuming a thankless, overwhelming task. I cannot imagine the burdens you face. America’s upcoming election pales in contrast to the political challenges you face daily in our ‘cohesive’ Church.

Take heart. I am not a political animal. But as a man familiar with and committed to overcoming same-sex desires, I am a faithful son of our Father through Jesus. I love our Church. And I need you to father me and others who aspire to chastity better. I am a father of four children and seven grandchildren. I know something now of what fathering is. Please hear me as I have listened to you intently over the last seven years of your papacy.

If the media distills any truth accurately (a valid sad question today), and you are advocating that ‘homosexuals have a right to a family…what we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered’, then I must protest. However merciful your intentions are, they are wrong.

You cannot contradict yourself and be a trustworthy father. You wrote two encyclicals-‘The Joy of Love’ and ‘On Care for our Common Home’–that each decry ‘gender ideology’ and its fruit of same-gender couples seeking ‘to create’ family. Now you advocate for that very thing? You wrote: ‘This…ideology leads to legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female. Consequently, human identity becomes the choice of an individual.’ (The Joy of Love) And in ‘Our Common Home’, you invoked the moral law and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he said: ‘Man has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.’

Regardless of one’s desires, each baptized Christian is under Christ and His Church to discover that nature and to refuse to manipulate it into any number of ‘gender selves.’ That you, our leader, would forego your own expressed beliefs in these binding documents then advocate for the very thing you opposed is fragmented fathering. It is neither a wise nor a merciful application of your care of persons.

It is confusing at best. How can we die daily to the seduction of a global culture intent on fanning our vulnerabilities into an expanding list of fractured ‘selves’ when you bless and advocate legal ‘cover’ over them? Pope Francis, wake up. These forces are unseen robbers who are intent on destroying lives. We who through God’s mercy have repented of our sins and who now fight for the chaste dignity of our comrades are hindered, not helped, by the disassociation of your beliefs and pastoral application.

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