Monday, January 6, 2014

Pope Francis: Minister with Care; Journalist Outs Gay Politician?

Pope Francis: Minister with Care

In what many are calling remarkable strides in lessening the divide between all Catholics, Pope Francis recently made another move where he told an important women's group to tread with care when ministering to children of same-sex couples because he doesn't want to alienate these children from the church...or from faith.

‘On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,' Pope Francis said in a speech to the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General in November that has only now been published in the Italian media.

 ‘The number of children in schools whose parents have separated is very high,’ Pope Francis said in the speech.

 ‘I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: “my mother's girlfriend doesn't love me”.’

You can read more here.

Journalist Outs Gay Politician?

I've been posting about this topic for a while. There are more than a few closeted gay politicians in Washington and all over the US, and I've known a few of them personally in my time. One Democrat in particular kept his gay lover here in New Hope, while he took weekend breaks from his wife and kids in Washington. He wasn't an evil person; just scared. He wasn't anti-gay either. The problem isn't that they are gay and in the closet. I have known closeted gay Democrats and Republicans and I didn't find a problem with that because they weren't anti-gay. Even though they could be accused of silence, I never saw them do or say anything that would hurt the LGBTI community.

But there are anti-gay gay politicians who are closeted and are actively voting against the LGBTI community, and this one journalist got sick and tired of it.

 Hod posted a blind item on his Facebook page on Friday accusing a Republican Congressman in the United States of voting against equal rights for gay men and lesbians while getting caught by a reporter in the shower with his male roommate, or, on another occasion, strolling through a gay neighbourhood. His post has since gone viral and has been covered by HuffingtonPost, Gawker and others.

But that's not the end of the story. Hod slammed the media for not outing anti-gay gay politicians, especially those who fight against the LGBTI community. And he referenced Republican Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican Congressman who once posed for Men's Health Magazine, without going into any details.

Schock has closed his Twitter and gone blank on the subject.

You can read more here, where Hod went into a long explanation of why he thinks it's irresponsible for the media to continue to protect closeted anti-gay gay politicians. (It's a hard concept to grasp sometimes.)

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. And though it will change in the future I don't see much changing right now. Many of those who are in power are closeted gays and no one wants to screw around with them. In some cases it's generational and these men take their privacy to extremes and they don't want to be discovered. It's like a delicate house of cards they've built over a period of time and all it takes is one quick move and the entire house crumbles. It's not that different with Hollywood either.

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