The media and some Catholics have been atwitter over recent remarks by Pope Francis that the Roman Catholic Church needs to be less obsessed by gays, abortion and contraception. Some have naively believed that perhaps Francis' remarks denote a change in Church policy and dogma. As this blog has noted before, actions speak far louder than mere words. Hence, look at Pope Francis' recent actions: he has excommunicated a priest because of his support for woman priests and gay rights. As always, hypocrisy and duplicity are the main hallmarks of the Church hierarchy. Here are highlights from Huffington Post:
An Australian priest has been excommunicated by the Vatican over his liberal views, according to reports.
Greg Reynolds has reportedly been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and the gay community.
The excommunication document - written in Latin and giving no reason - came directly from Vatican under the authority of Pope Francis, who just recently said that the Church focuses too much on gays and abortion, International Business Times reported.
Father Reynolds told Australia's The Age he had expected to be laicised (defrocked), but not excommunicated.
"In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect," he said.
"I've come to this position because I've followed my conscience on women's ordination and gay marriage." "The Vatican never contacted me, and it gives no explanation."
One as a priest can rape and sexually molest children and youths and not be excommunicated. Support women priests and gay equality and one is toast. That fact speaks volumnes - none of it good - about the moral bankruptcy of the Catholic Church. Hopefully, Fr. Reynolds will view his excommunication as a badge of honor. Personally, I do not understand how a truly moral person can remain a member of the Catholic Church.