The reactions to the news story that Pope Francis has admitted that there is a gay "lobby" or cabal in the Vatican is all over the ball park. All too typically, some of the laity in the pews refuse to recognize that THEY are part of the problem because they continue to bankroll the corrupt and morally bankrupt Church hierarchy. One such Kool-Aid drinker, apparently from Australia - where a government investigation is revealing orchestrated cover ups of sexual abuse by the hierarchy - was incensed by my post that suggested that an organization like the Vatican hierarchy deserved to be destroyed:
That organization would be the GLBTI and the sooner it is destroyed for good the better. I notice today that the Russians have set the world a good example.
For such simple minded - and dare I say in my opinion psychologically disturbed - individuals the facts don't matter. Documentation exists that proves conclusively that every Pope from 1962 onward - yes, even John XXIII and the less than saintly John Paul II - directed that crimes against children be covered to protect the Church's "image and reputation" and , of course, its money and wealth. Apparently, in the warped world of the author of the comment, the last six or seven Popes were all part of the "GLBTI." The ignorance and refusal to face reality is stunning. Unfortunately, that phenomenon seems to increasingly describe the "pious" and "godly" folk.
Fellow LGBT blogger Father Tony - who served at the Vatican while a young priest before leaving the priesthood - had theses comments:
Poor naive pope. He reads a report about a "gay lobby" among his cardinals in the Vatican. He equates "gay" with "corruption" in his comments and he goes on to say that he will do something to correct this. All this tells me is that we once again have heterosexual pope. And one who is sexually infantile. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/11/pope-francis-gay-lobby-exists-inside-vatican/
[H]e will find it impossible to administer a successful gay witch hunt: a queen cardinal attacked will strike back by naming his enemies. Francis will find himself caught in a huge crossfire of substantiated accusations. He will have to either replace the entire curia or drop the idea of the purge. The funny thing is that if he replaced the entire curia, in would come some new queens who will be exactly what Francis is trying to get rid of.As CNN noted, the The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests summed up the root of the problem well:
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said, "structure, not sexuality, is the real issue." "The church is a monarchy. Monarchs are unaccountable. So many monarchs are corrupt. This is true in both secular and religious institutions," SNAP said in a statement.