A priest takes a lifelong vow of celibacy and chastity. Total celibacy. Period.
Calling oneself gay or straight has nothing to do with it.
A priest who openly acknowledges he has NO intention of keeping this vow cannot work as a priest. Period.
 October 4, 2015 at 6:49am
The Vatican has not been giving out any mixed signals.
The liberal MS media is interpreting everything as a mixed signal.
The liberal faction of the Church has a big agenda and is using the media well.
Don’t let the MSM give you your news. The internet is filled with trustworthy, knowledgeable sites wherein you can get the facts on just about everything.
 October 4, 2015 at 6:39am
He was fired from his post at the Congregation for Doctrine and from his teaching posts at Gregorian University. Essentially he is done as an actively working priest. He will not be permitted to participate in Sacramental work.
But apparently he has not been stripped of his vestments or faculties yet. That will probably be a local action taken in his native Poland by his own diocese and bishop.
And dkettring is correct. His vows include celibacy and chastity! These vows are lifelong regardless if the attraction is to a woman or to a man!
But this guy is a militant gay activist who has zero intention of trying to stay true to his vows. So he cannot remain an active priest.
October 2, 2015 at 5:44pm
Actually, there is good reason for Jefferson to have made that speech.
The first couple generations of English settlers came from a very divisive religious environment. The British government, in the 16th and 17th centuries, denied the right to ALL its citizens to freely practice other religions.
All British subjects HAD to be Anglican. Period.
Our first settlers came here specifically to have RELIGOUS FREEDOM. That fact has been lost in our politically correct education system.
The problem Jefferson thought solved was one of “state religion.” In the newly formed U.S., you could openly practice any form of religion you damn well pleased, or none at all. The state could not dictate to you like they did in Europe.
 October 2, 2015 at 6:48am
The media is incapable of reporting that Francis did anything good.
Even the headline on this story– typical Blaze headline — gives you the wrong idea about what the Vatican lawyers actually said.
It is a typical Billy Hallowell story too — in that he buries the actual context of the quote in the second paragraph — but uses the edited version in paragraph one!
So, let’s recap: The lawyers said in context: his meeting . . “should not be considered a form of support of her position in ALL OF ITS PARTICULAR AND COMPLEX ASPECTS.” The last part of that statement is what will be left out of most MSM coverage of this story!
Francis supports her right to conscientiously object and her courage.
But the lawyers felt compelled to say he cannot support every complex aspect of her U.S. court case.
Standard lawyer-speak. But completely unnecessary since Francis is not part of our judicial system.
Hey, Blaze: There are some of us out here who can both read AND think critically.
'Read and think critically'...a lost art?
Wish I could give you more than 1 thumbs up for that. :)
 October 1, 2015 at 6:53am
How absolutely stupid must they be?
The nutrition information label clearly tells you what is in it.
So the real question is: How absolutely parasitic and entitled must they be to sue the company over it?
Or do they think they are some kind of radical do-gooders who will change the snack industry?
 September 30, 2015 at 7:41am
You really need to read more.
He is no more political than any other Pope. Far less so, in fact.
And The Vatican has been a world class city-state with diplomatic relations for centuries. So politics is part of the picture.
The only difference today is media coverage.
Of course, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict had more mass media coverage than any other Popes prior to them. But they never had the liberal MSM daily editing and twisting everything they said, like Francis does!
If you really want to know what Francis stands for, read the UNEDITED speeches of Francis. Read remarks about his priesthood from close associates of his. Read an honest bio. Don’t rely on our MSM for any political news on him.
Well said. Since from Argentina it is easy to see why he can be painted with the Marxist brush. And the media will create the caricature that the masses will gravitate to. The splintered protestant church with no central authority always has issue with the Vatican. Old line protestant churches (Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) are passe' and have given way to strip center pop ups, here today and gone tomorrow so if that is also where the popes criticism is evolving from then that says a lot right there. The Vatican and its faith get a bad rap and there are valid reasons why obviously. This guy is making an effort to improve upon it I think. And my grandpa was a Methodist minister and old Salt (Navy) from Northern Wisconsin.
I'll concede that the Popes of the past encouraged much of the warring in Europe that occurred for over a millennia, this Pope is encouraging the undeveloped and underdeveloped people of the WORLD to demand reparations from the developed world because...you tell me
 September 30, 2015 at 7:23am
It really is tiresome to read post after post of people who firmly believe the Pope is a Marxist, yet have never actually read any speeches or written remarks that are unedited or unfiltered by the MSM. The MSM is so anxious to take anything he says and make it fit their agenda.
He has been ANTI-Marxist his entire life. It is very easy to find this information on any official or complete and real biography of Francis.
September 29, 2015 at 8:05am
The government got involved because of property rights. Marriage confers the sharing of property and children. so when a marriage dissolves, there needs a legal avenue to resolve conflicting interests and protect kids.
Whether this has resulted in federal over-reach is a point of contention.
But there is absolutely NOTHNG “constitutional” about it.
 September 29, 2015 at 7:58am
He is not my favorite Pope either.
However, his moral stance on issues is being misconstrued and under-reported. Please read: thttp://wdtprs.com/blog/2015/09/10-less-than-perfectly-reported-points-about-pope-francis-us-trip/
September 29, 2015 at 7:25am
The Pope is also the “head of state” for the City-State of the Vatican. As such, his visit would be treated with diplomatic protocols befitting a head of state . . such as state dinners at the White House, or addresses at the U.N., or official tours of places of great national pride or interest, or yes, quite commonly . a congressional address.
But his opinion would be informed by his stance on any number of moral issues. Like any head of state, he is free to express his opinion on the floor of congress.
Here’s some advice: Google “visiting heads of state speeches” in Congress. They are often very controversial and can be surprisingly unpleasant.
This how the adult world runs.
 September 29, 2015 at 6:55am
Yeah, you’re probably right.
just like that other cast of nobodies in a story Hollywood didn’t want to produce . . .
. . . The Passion of The Christ.
Isn’t that still the highest grossing film of all time, even after all these years?
 September 29, 2015 at 6:50am
The casting IS wonderful.
Especially happy to see Michael Beach in the cast . . a classically trained actor, with almost 30 years of professional work in both theater and screen.
Earl Billings is another great pick, with 30 years of screen experience, and a theater background..
Dean Cain not only has a terrific body of work as an actor, but has also produced, written, directed, and even wrote a soundtrack.
 September 26, 2015 at 6:45am
Do you have any idea what his “agenda” is? Or do you get your ideas from the MSM?
If you read an actual biography — not scripted by the liberal MSM — and you read his actual comments (in context, without editing), you will see that he has always been a conservative Catholic priest.
He is outspoken about world powers that are corrupt and ignore, or worse USE the poor.
 September 26, 2015 at 6:38am
The story is about an immigrant group planning the meeting. Not the Pope. For Francis, the meeting WAS spontaneous.
Just because The Blaze purposely wrote the headline to seem as if it was the Pope, the story itself outlines what actually happened.
Did ya read the story?
 September 26, 2015 at 6:33am
You are right. That’s just low class. And bad leadership. He is tearing his own church apart for the sake of his own pride and ego.
UH oh. Old Satan is the prince of the sin of pride!