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A man of vision for the next papacy – NOT

You think JPII had a strong stance on queer folks? Get a load of this front-runner’s attitude problem. At least we’re not the only ones taking society on the hell express. (Agape Press):

Many Africans think it’s time for one of them to be pope. The Roman Catholic church has lost ground in Europe, but is vibrant in Africa, which is now home to 135 million Catholics — one-sixth of the church’s worldwide membership. Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is mentioned most often as a possible African successor to the late John Paul II, whose funeral will take place on Friday. Arinze shares John Paul’s fervent opposition to abortion and homosexuality. He also was entrusted by the pope to mediate interfaith relations. Two years ago, at the liberal Catholic Georgetown University in Washington, DC, faculty protested after Arinze said in a speech that the family is being ‘desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce.’

Also, when asked about the Rainbow Sash, an organization of gay and lesbian Catholics that has criticized the church on homosexuality (and indicate it by wearing a rainbow sash to Mass, he said they defy natural law and are disqualified from receiving holy Communion.

Rainbow Sash is calling for Catholics to wear a sash on May 15, 2005, Pentecost Sunday, as a call for dialogue, and justice.

I wish them good luck, because the church is in no mood to listen.

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