The Dilemma of Pope Francis: The 2018 World Meeting of Families

Homiletic & Pastoral Review | 3/15/2018 | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap
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By now everyone — especially Catholics — should know that the 2018 World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Vatican Congregation of Marriage and Family Life, will gather in Dublin, Ireland this August.

What is less obvious is that this meeting presents a serious problem for Pope Francis and the Church.

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Why? Because the themes of the interviews and stories are clear: This meeting is a “full court press” attempt to pressure Pope Francis into welcoming the LGBT into the Church as a legitimate type of family.

Not only is Zappone a prominent advocate for homosexual rights in Ireland and the U.S., but she recently took it upon herself to actually demand how the Catholic Church should present its own World Meeting of Families: “There should be a welcome for all,” she said. “And never again should public statements or remarks which seek to isolate certain families be tolerated.” Zappone continued her “intolerance” manifesto to say that she hopes that the world meeting will “not be used as a platform for remarks which exclude, isolate, or hurt any family.” “The eyes of the world will be on Dublin,” she continued. “The World Meeting of Families is a unique opportunity to confront such inequality, discrimination, and hate. It can provide global leadership on inclusion.”

Well, we shall see.

However, the message of St John Paul II, made 24 years ago about marriage and the family, has been completely overrun in our times by the enthusiasm, even inside the Church, for furthering gay rights.

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But let’s be quite clear about the goal of the LGBT, and their Church, and Irish supporters. It is not to get Pope Francis to explicitly approve of homosexual activity. They know he will not do this. They just want him to remain silent about the evil of homosexual acts, and not object to...
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