Can We Stop Pretending Pope Francis Is A Reformer?

September 20, 2013

Thought Catalog

Can we stop praising Pope Francis for being “progressive?”

When it comes to social issues, the Catholic Church still bars women from taking leadership roles within the church, still opposes marriage equality, and still opposes changes to employment discrimination laws worldwide.

In 2010, when his home country of Argentina was debating whether or not to pass legislation that would allow same sex marriage, then Cardinal, he condemned marriage equality as a “destructive attack on God’s plan.”

In an attempt to prevent this law from going into effect, the future Pope penned this letter to Argentina’s cloistered nuns:

In the coming weeks, the Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family…At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given…

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