Pope Francis spouted some hateful rhetoric on April 2nd.
He had the audacity to publicly state that marriage is between one man and one woman, that it's "God's design."
During his General Audience speech at St. Peter’s Square on Apr. 2, before a crowd estimated at 45,000, Pope Francis first cited Genesis, saying, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them. … Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”These remarks should be no surprise to anyone.
“The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together,” said the Pope. “God’s covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man and woman. And this is very beautiful.”
“When a man and a woman celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony, God as it were ‘is mirrored’ in them; He impresses in them his own features and the indelible character of his love,” said Pope Francis. “Marriage is the icon of God's love for us.”
He continued, “Indeed, God is communion too: the three Persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit live eternally in perfect unity. And this is precisely the mystery of matrimony: God makes of the two spouses one single life. The Bible uses a powerful expression and says ‘one flesh,’ so intimate is the union between man and woman in marriage. And this is precisely the mystery of marriage: the love of God which is reflected in the couple that decides to live together.”
“Therefore a man leaves his home, the home of his parents, and goes to live with his wife and unites himself so strongly to her that the two become — the Bible says — one flesh,” said the Pope.
Pope Francis is reiterating the position of the Church.
How will Leftists reconcile what the Pope said last Wednesday with their image of him as a pro-gay marriage proponent?
Leftists embraced Pope Francis as a class warrior, uninterested in focusing on the Church's opposition to gay marriage and abortion.
That's what Obama stressed when he recently met with the Pope.
The fact is Pope Francis is on the same page as Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul.
Pope Francis wants all people to come to God and live in His love, just like his predecessors. He's not about excluding anyone. In that respect, Pope Francis shares the beliefs of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.
Bottom line: Leftists, including Obama, must stop cherry picking the statements of Pope Francis and exploiting him as a tool to advance their political agenda.