If nothing else, I hope the bloodbath in Orlando will wake the LGBT community and its allies up and make disingenuous words of sympathy and feigned sorrow no longer acceptable. As the sayings go, "talk is cheap" and "actions speak louder than words." Applying either standard, Pope Francis' statement in the wake of the murder of nearly 50 LGBT individuals and their friends falls within the category of rank hypocrisy. First, nowhere in Francis' statement did he acknowledge that the murder victims were predominately gay. Second, nowhere did he apologize for the Church's continued anti-gay jihad or the Church's continued categorization of LGBT individuals as "inherently disordered" and "inclined toward evil." Until the Church changes its demonization of gays and its efforts to deprive us of our civil rights, his words in this statement have less value than a piece of toilet paper that someone has used to wipe themselves. It's all window dressing and filled with rank hypocrisy. Here are excerpts of the bullshit filled statement via Radio Vatican:
The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.
Like the meaningless statements of numerous Republicans, Francis overlooks his own and the Church's culpability in fanning the flames of homophobia and making LGBT individuals the targets of hate and derision. If Francis really meant what he says, he'd note the fact that the victims were LGBT and he'd immediately reverse the anti-LGBT language of his predecessors. His failure to act speacks volumes.