Pope Francis appointed 13 clergymen to the College of Cardinals, many of who will be able to vote in the upcoming Pala conclave, and at least two who hold pro-LGBT views. The move comes on the heels of the Pope coming out last week in full support of same-sex civil unions, further demonstrating there is some “ecclesiastical queering” going on.
With the appointment of these cardinals to this new seat of power, it means that Francis will have appointed nearly 60% of all electors, suggesting that the majority in power will have the same beliefs and vision for the Church that Francis holds, which is one that is more unbiblical and anti-Christal than ever before and is likely to continue the trend he has begun with the selection of the next pope in the years to come.
The most controversial of them all is naming United States Archbishop Gregory Wilton to the college. According to Complicit Clergy:
- Gregory was a protégé of the thoroughly disgraced Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, serving as an auxiliary bishop under him for 10 years in Chicago.
- Gregory, as Archbishop of Atlanta, maintained Bernardin’s program of gay promotion and propaganda in the Church.
- Gregory built himself a $2.2 million mansion which he later was forced to sell when news broke about scandal.
- Gregory personally invited pro-gay Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin to give a speech titled “Showing Welcome and Respect in Our Parishes to LGBT Catholics” at both St. Thomas More Parish and at Atlanta’s Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Martin described Gregory as “thoughtful, progressive and open-minded,” and noted his LGBT outreach.
- Gregory appointed a pro-gay priest to be diocesan spiritual director for victims of sexual abuse by clergy.
- Gregory restored priest to active ministry after involvement in a homosexual relationship.
- Gregory has permitted the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Atlanta, GA) to act as a center for LGBT events, including LGBT potluck socials and participating in the city’s Pride Parade. Since 2014, he has also allowed the pro-homosexual and pro-transgenderism “Catholic” group, Fortunate and Faithful Families, to hold retreats in his Atlanta Chancery, while personally saying Mass for the group.
- Gregory gave the keynote address at the 2017 Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP) conference, a dissident group that backs the ordination of women to the priesthood and is open to the idea of the Church approving the use of contraception, as well as pro-LGBT initiatives.
The other appointee that we know of who holds pro-LGBT views is the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Mario Grech, who said that he “feels wounded” when the church calls homosexuality sinful and called a full-page ad defending marriage as between one man and one woman, contra homosexuality, as nothing more than “propaganda.”
While these actions by Pope Francis seems to have shocked devout Roman Catholics, to those paying attending its par for the course from a Pontiff hell-bent on painting the Vatican every color of the rainbow.
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