Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Vatican Tells Gay Tourists to Stay Away?

Now the Evil Empire, a/k/a the Roman Catholic Church, is making it clear that GLBT tourists should stay clear of the Vatican and by analogy I assume all Catholic churches in general. Why? Because our mere physical presence is "a provocation and an abuse." That's right if you're gay being inside of St. Peter's Basilica and other Catholic churches is an abuse of the buildings. The irony, of course, is that if all the closeted gays in the Vatican bureaucracies and the Pope's residence left, the place would be a virtual ghost town. I guess it's only we non-closeted and non-self-loathing gays who are unwelcome because we are a provocation that reminds the closet cases that they are living a lie and they know it. Here are some highlights from Global Travel Industry News:
Bishop Kaleta said that tourism is important to the Vatican. Although there is no centralized body that promotes tourism, there are some coordinators and centers that advertise pilgrimages, but the main work is done in and by the churches. The Bishop said: “If you think about Europe, most of its architecture is connected with churches. It would be good to educate the people to honor these places.”
Perhaps, though, they are not so all encompassing about tourism in the form of gay and lesbian travel. ETN asked the Bishop if the Vatican’s stand was clearly against this form of tourism, and the Bishop answered: “The church teachings are from the Bible. If we change this teaching, we will not be the Catholic Church. Don’t expect the Catholic church to change these issues, because it is our identity.”
When asked if the Vatican is open to dialogue about welcoming such homosexual groups of tourists in the future, Bishop Kaleta responded that “such demonstrations are just not ethical.”
Publisher Steinmetz clarified that what was meant by gay travel was traveling for the purpose of a visit, not as a demonstration. To this the Bishop replied,I consider if someone is homosexual, it is a provocation and an abuse of this place. Try to go to a mosque if you are not Muslim. It is abuse of our buildings and our religion because the church interprets our religion that it is not ethical. We expect respect of our church as we expect to respect that a person does not have to belong to the Catholic Church. If you have different ideas, go to a different location.”
So there you have it. Faggots are not welcomed at the Vatican even as paying tourists. Not only is it mentally sick, but it's bad for business. Be sure to spread the word that when in Rome, avoid the Vatican. Spend your money elsewhere where both you and your money will be appreciated.


Sebastian said...

It isn't clear from the actual article that this particular bishop has any job or role in the Vatican. He's posted as far from the center of things as they could send him - hopefully they only bought a one way ticket.

Anonymous said...

What insanity. So-gays not welcome but pedophiles are a-ok?

*shakes head*