In his Christmas sermon, Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta condemned adoption by same-sex couples. He insisted that God’s own son was raised by a man and a woman, and not by two men or two women.
How divisive! said the media. But now it turns out that Bishop Scicluna met Pope Francis on December 12. The bishop later told the Times of Malta: “We discussed many aspects… and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to adopt] he encouraged me to speak out.”
Indeed, the Pope was “shocked” to learn that Malta’s proposed Civil Union bill allows gay adoption. And Bishop’s Scicluna’s controversial sermon seems to have been delivered at his prompting.
Bishop Scicluna’s history on same-sex parent adoption tells a similar story – he’s called for a an in depth study into the effects same-gender parents have on raising a child. MaltaToday published this release by the Bishop:
“The Church is against putting children in an environment where the common and natural experience of the conjugal love between a man and a woman is substituted by the quasi-marital relationship between a man and a man, or between a woman and a woman. Let us not play with the innocence of our children.
“The Civil Unions Bill amends the law on filiation: the law that determines who is to be considered a parent. It introduces two new sets of legal parents: John & John. Jane & Jane.”
Pope Francis had been seen as progressive on LGBTQ issues. Statements about gay priests such as “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” had painted a picture of a man who might disagree, but wouldn’t actively pursue discriminatory practices against sexual minorities.
We’ll see if Francis’s stance on adoption could be a sign of things to come.
In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Pope Francis has recently said that gays and certain other groups deserve an apology from Christians, according to the Catholic News Agency. Aboard the papal plane during his flight home from Armenia, the Pope was asked during a press conference, if he agreed with German cardinal Reinhard [...]